うさぎとルナ (Usagi and Luna), graphite pencil on notebook paper, 2014, 9 × 6 in. (22.86 × 15.24 cm.).
うさぎとルナ (Usagi and Luna), graphite pencil on notebook paper, 2014, 9 × 6 in. (22.86 × 15.24 cm.).
うさぎと美奈子 (Usagi and Minako), graphite pencil on notebook paper, 2014, 9 × 6 in. (22.86 × 15.24 cm.).
うさぎと美奈子 (Usagi and Minako, graphite pencil on notebook paper, 2014, 9 × 6 in. (22.86 × 15.24 cm.).
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Iowa Court Tosses Sentence in H.I.V. Exposure Case

After a three-year legal battle, Iowa’s highest court has thrown out the sentence of Nick Rhoades, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison and lifetime sex offender registration for criminal transmission of H.I.V.

Rhoades, whose case was central to a ProPublica investigation published last year, pleaded guilty to the charge in 2009 after failing to inform a one-time sexual partner that he was H.I.V.-positive.

The investigation, co-published with BuzzFeed, found 541 cases across 19 states in which defendants were convicted or pleaded guilty to similar crimes. Some incurred harsh penalties even though they had not infected anyone or had used protective measures, such as wearing condoms or taking antiviral drugs that reduced the risk of transmitting H.I.V. Continue reading

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25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Nomination

Very honored to announce that my ProPublica/BuzzFeed story on H.I.V. criminalization has been nominated for the 2014 [smcaps]GLAAD[/smcaps] Media Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism Article.

Congratulations to my fellow nominees, BuzzFeed’s Chris Geidner, The Advocate, Sports Illustrated’s Loretta Hunt, and Sean Guillory for The Nation. And huge, huge thanks to my editors at ProPublica (especially Mark Schoofs), the team at BuzzFeed, Nick Rhoades, and everyone who played a role in bringing this story together.