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Judge orders sex change for Mass. murder convict

posted 9/5/2012 2:23:05 AM |
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I think this is totally ridiculous that taxpayers should have to pay for his sex change!

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered state prison officials to provide a taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate serving life in prison for murder.

U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled in the case of Michelle Kosilek, who was born as a man but has received hormone treatments and lives as a woman in an all-male prison. Robert Kosilek was convicted of murder in the killing of his wife in 1990.

Wolf is believed to be the first federal judge to order prison officials to provide the surgery for a transgender inmate.

Kosilek first sued the Massachusetts Department of Correction 12 years ago. Two years later, Wolf ruled that Kosilek was entitled to treatment for gender-identity disorder, but stopped short of ordering surgery. Kosilek sued again in 2005, arguing that the surgery is a medical necessity.

In his ruling Tuesday, Wolf found that surgery is the "only adequate treatment" for Kosilek's "serious medical need."

"The court finds that there is no less intrusive means to correct the prolonged violation of Kosilek's Eighth Amendment right to adequate medical care," Wolf wrote in his 126-page ruling.

Prison officials have repeatedly cited security risks in the case, saying that allowing her to have the surgery would make her a target for sexual assaults by other inmates.

But Wolf found that the DOC's security concerns are "either pretextual or can be dealt with by the DOC." He said it is up to prison officials to decide how and where to house Kosilek after the surgery.

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Sep 5 @ 9:43AM  
damn I bet he's/she is getting it every day from someone. Sad though cause you know she is going to get a STD and die from it because they should have had her in solitaire or at least away from the population some way. you know protected

Sep 5 @ 12:16PM  
Really??? What drugs was that judge on? I have nothing against someone wanting to have surgery to change their appearance/sex..but not on my dime. And especially someone in prison!

And this is a small part of why criminals don't take law serious....prisons aren't looked at as punishment anymore. Why should they? They can get a free education, free health care, hell, free sex change operations, fitness, tv, radio, social hour, and in some prisons, they have tennis courts or volley ball courts. Yeah, us law abiding citizens are doing it all wrong. (that was sarcasm btw)

Shawn...ridiculous isn't the word....RETARDED is.

Sep 5 @ 12:31PM  
It's further evidence that we are teetering on the edge of civil insanity. Can't we get back to something productive like saving the snail darter? Or maybe something new but certainly justified under our current auto manufacturers to provide birthing facilities in the back seat of all cars for people who just can't hold out till they get to the emergency room. Now, that's progress.

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Judge orders sex change for Mass. murder convict