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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A man who intentionally spat at another can be charged with criminal assault, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Wednesday.
Jeffrey Lewellyn was sentenced to two years probation and 50 hours of community service after he spat in 2004 at a patient who swore at him on the grounds of a Veterans Administration Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington.
He appealed the conviction, arguing that spitting did not constitute an assault, but the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed.
"Intentionally spitting on another person is an offensive touching that rises to the level of simple assault," the three-judge panel wrote.
Sanitary reasons, tis a good law. If someone had some nasty mouth disease, like.. herpes or something.. even aids.. or even the flue/cold.. its disgusting and yes, it is a law you cannot spit on someone. Its no difference then walking up to someone and pissing on them.
Rockpuck is correct. If he was HIV positive he'd be lucky if he didn't get attempted murder. And yes, few things piss me off more than walking down the street and having to avoid green lueggies. It's totally discusting.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
Are you out of your minds you two? Or it is just ignorance? Attempted murder or HIV/AIDS spreading trought saliva? It is the summum of ignorance. Seriously, stop talking about things you don't know. To even have a chance in millions to get aids by saliva it would take 20 liters of saliva, sorry to dismantle your ``attempted murder`` non-sense.
Originally posted by marg6043
Vitchilo, sometimes certain comments make me think about age related issues but I tried to ignore that fact.
Is funny that we all have used our mouths for other purposes not necessarily the ones that was intended for, like eating and talking. . .
But I see nobody complaining about sanitarian issues in that regard.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
Honestly, you defend the right to spit on people... how utterly childish is that? How utterly ignorant and quite honestly STUPID!
Originally posted by AlphaHumana
Wow, I can't believe people are in essence defending what they must feel is somebody's "right" to spit in the face of somebody else.