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Appeals Court Hears Mass. Inmates Sex Change Case

Tuesday Apr 2, 2013

Massachusetts prison officials are set to ask a federal appeals court to overturn a ruling granting a taxpayer-funded sex change for a transgender.

U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled in September that the state Department of Correction must provide sex-reassignment surgery for Michelle Kosilek, who is serving a life sentence for murder.

Prison officials are appealing the ruling, saying they have security concerns and are worried about protecting Kosilek in prison if she has the surgery.

Oral arguments are scheduled Tuesday morning before the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Kosilek, who was born a man, was convicted in the 1990 murder of wife, Cheryl Kosilek.

In his ruling, Wolf found that the surgery is the "only adequate treatment" for Kosilek's gender-identity disorder.

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  • Bob K, 2013-04-02 21:45:40

    Sorry --this piece of shit who murdered the mother of his child and has cost the State millions in appeals and his lawyers’ fees deserves NOTHING MORE. His lawyers convinced the judge that the operation is medically necessary -- I would change that to "emotionally desireable" at best. Being a transsexual does NOT absolve him of his crime that he needs to pay for. He is also in his sixties -- why the hell can’t he live without the operation, or raise non-public funds for it?

  • GT, 2013-04-03 16:19:55

    I second that Bob. He deserves nothing. This surgery is not a mater of life and death. Let the shitbag sit in jail till the end with his nuts intact.

  • , 2013-04-04 13:41:50

    I agree with Bob.

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