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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1987 | TED VOLLMER, Times Staff Writer
In an effort to reduce the risk of AIDS patients knowingly infecting others with the disease, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday ordered health officers to expand the use of involuntary detention of patients perceived to pose a public health threat. Without discussion, the supervisors unanimously ordered county Health Director Robert Gates to review with doctors at county hospitals the laws governing detention for public health reasons of people with communicable diseases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1988 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
Joseph Edward Markowski, the homeless male prostitute who sold AIDS-contaminated blood to make $9, was acquitted Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court of attempting to poison a pharmaceutical product. Markowski, 29, who originally faced charges of attempted murder, smiled wanly as the clerk read the jury's verdict that brought his eight-month prosecution to an end. Juror William E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1987 | HARRY NELSON, Times Medical Writer
Experts expressed a high degree of confidence Tuesday in the safety of the blood supply despite donations by a reputed male prostitute of plasma tainted with the AIDS virus. Joseph Edward Markowski, 28, was charged Tuesday with attempted murder in part because, according to Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner, Markowski donated blood plasma with the knowledge that he was infected with the AIDS virus and sold plasma at least once at a proprietary blood center in downtown Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1988 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
Joseph Edward Markowski, the homeless male prostitute who sold AIDS-contaminated blood to make $9, was acquitted Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court of attempting to poison a pharmaceutical product. Markowski, 29, who originally faced charges of attempted murder, smiled wanly as the clerk read the jury's verdict that brought his eight-month prosecution to an end. Juror William E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN and HARRY NELSON, Times Staff Writers
Attempted murder charges were filed Monday against an AIDS patient and reputed male prostitute who allegedly knowingly sold contaminated blood to a Los Angeles donation center, Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner announced.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN and CATHLEEN DECKER, Times Staff Writers
When authorities in Grand Rapids, Mich., allowed Joseph Edward Markowski to move to San Francisco to serve out a probation sentence stemming from a burglary, they hoped that he might feel less like an outsider in a city with a large gay population. A more sympathetic environment, they thought, might help him conquer his drinking problem and put his troubled life back on course. It was a "unique disposition," his former attorney remembers. It was also a gamble that did not pay off.
NEWS
July 31, 1987 | ROXANE ARNOLD, Times Staff Writer
Reputed street hustler Joseph E. Markowski was ruled mentally competent to stand trial on a charge that he attempted murder by allegedly selling his blood, which was tainted by the AIDS virus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
A 45-year-old transient was cited for contempt of court Tuesday after he refused to testify about his alleged sexual encounters with Joseph E. Markowski, the reputed street hustler who is accused of attempted murder for knowingly transmitting the AIDS virus. Paris Shaerrell shielded his face with a shirt and remained silent while Los Angeles Municipal Judge Alban I. Niles said the witness would be jailed "until he carries out the orders of this court."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
Reputed street hustler Joseph E. Markowski was ordered Thursday to stand trial for attempted murder after a judge said the evidence suggests that he "intended to pass on the AIDS virus" when he sold his contaminated blood. "What we have here is a deliberate and conscious disregard of human safety," Los Angeles Municipal Judge Alban I. Niles said at the conclusion of a four-day preliminary hearing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
A 45-year-old transient was cited for contempt of court Tuesday after he refused to testify about his alleged sexual encounters with Joseph E. Markowski, the reputed street hustler who is accused of attempted murder for knowingly transmitting the AIDS virus. Paris Shaerrell shielded his face with a shirt and remained silent while Los Angeles Municipal Judge Alban I. Niles said the witness would be jailed "until he carries out the orders of this court."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
An investigation ordered after a man was arrested for trying to sell his AIDS-tainted blood to a private donation bank has concluded that blood from such centers in the county is safe from AIDS, according to a report released Wednesday. The 12 private blood banks now operating in Los Angeles County comply with state and federal regulations that guard against contamination, the report by county Director of Health Services Robert Gates said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1987 | TED VOLLMER, Times Staff Writer
In an effort to reduce the risk of AIDS patients knowingly infecting others with the disease, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday ordered health officers to expand the use of involuntary detention of patients perceived to pose a public health threat. Without discussion, the supervisors unanimously ordered county Health Director Robert Gates to review with doctors at county hospitals the laws governing detention for public health reasons of people with communicable diseases.
NEWS
July 31, 1987 | ROXANE ARNOLD, Times Staff Writer
Reputed street hustler Joseph E. Markowski was ruled mentally competent to stand trial on a charge that he attempted murder by allegedly selling his blood, which was tainted by the AIDS virus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
Joseph E. Markowski, the reputed street hustler accused of attempted murder for selling AIDS-contaminated blood, was ordered Wednesday to undergo mental competency proceedings after his attorney told a judge his client appears to be psychotic and unfit to stand trial. The lawyer, Guy O'Brien, said the defendant was transferred this week to County-USC Medical Center's jail ward, where he is being kept strapped to a gurney.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
Reputed street hustler Joseph E. Markowski was ordered Thursday to stand trial for attempted murder after a judge said the evidence suggests that he "intended to pass on the AIDS virus" when he sold his contaminated blood. "What we have here is a deliberate and conscious disregard of human safety," Los Angeles Municipal Judge Alban I. Niles said at the conclusion of a four-day preliminary hearing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
Joseph E. Markowski, the reputed street hustler accused of attempted murder for selling AIDS-contaminated blood, was ordered Wednesday to undergo mental competency proceedings after his attorney told a judge his client appears to be psychotic and unfit to stand trial. The lawyer, Guy O'Brien, said the defendant was transferred this week to County-USC Medical Center's jail ward, where he is being kept strapped to a gurney.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN and CATHLEEN DECKER, Times Staff Writers
When authorities in Grand Rapids, Mich., allowed Joseph Edward Markowski to move to San Francisco to serve out a probation sentence stemming from a burglary, they hoped that he might feel less like an outsider in a city with a large gay population. A more sympathetic environment, they thought, might help him conquer his drinking problem and put his troubled life back on course. It was a "unique disposition," his former attorney remembers. It was also a gamble that did not pay off.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN and HARRY NELSON, Times Staff Writers
Attempted murder charges were filed Monday against an AIDS patient and reputed male prostitute who allegedly knowingly sold contaminated blood to a Los Angeles donation center, Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner announced.
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