The punishment for a death sentence

Posted on January 23, 2012

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It is bad enough that people are dying of AIDS, but no one should die of ignorance.  ~ Elizabeth Taylor

It has been common knowledge that HIV is an incurable disease since the late 1980s. While those who become infected with the disease are living longer than ever now because of drug therapy (sometimes having to take 50-55 pills a day, and that’s if they can even get the medications), it is still a painful disease that ultimately kills the person it infects.

Today, a former pro-wrestler was sentenced to 32 years in prison for knowingly infecting a dozen women with HIV (14 counts of felonious assault). Granted, that probably means he will effectively spend the rest of his life in prison (unless he gets parole). And yet, he basically murdered 12 women. Instead of murdering them quickly, he murdered them in a slow, agonizing, tortuous way.

But, of course, he said he did it because he has a sex addiction, and he didn’t want his family to know he was HIV-positive. He said he’s “not a monster.”

Here is my question: Is he a monster? If someone was convicted of 12 counts of murder, what would they get? What do you think of this case and other cases like it? Or, do you think the women are in some way at fault for this as well?

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