Free Speech

Justice Judith French
OHIO COURT NEWS

The Ohio Supreme Court will rule on whether the free speech rights of people living with HIV are violated by a law requiring they disclose their status to potential sexual partners

In July 2014, Orlando Batista was indicted in Hamilton County for felonious assault – for having sex with his girlfriend without telling her he’s HIV positive. He admitted in court that he had also infected at least two other women, one of whom passed the virus onto their child.

photo of Tom Zawistowski
STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A group of conservative and liberal activists are challenging an Ohio law that they say puts unfair restrictions on free speech.

WKSU’s Phil de Oliveira reports the group is suing the state over ambiguities in the law.

The plaintiffs are the liberal blog Plunderbund, freelance political reporter John Spinelli, and the Portage County Tea Party.