Boston appeals court to hear inmate's sex-change plea in April

BOSTON Fri Mar 1, 2013 9:37am EST

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BOSTON (Reuters) - The question of whether Massachusetts' prison system is obligated to pay for a convicted murderer's sex-change operation will go before the Court of Appeals in Boston next month.

The court said that on April 2 it would hear Massachusetts' case that it was not obligated to pay for the surgery for an inmate serving a life term.

The 63-year-old inmate, who has legally changed his name to Michelle Kosilek, sued the state's Department of Corrections more than a decade ago, trying to force it to pay for gender reassignment surgery.

The plaintiff, born Robert Kosilek, has suffered from gender-identity disorder since childhood. He was convicted in 1992 of murdering his wife, a counselor he had met while he was in drug rehabilitation, after she caught him wearing her clothes.

Judge Mark Wolf of the District Court in Boston ruled in September that the state had violated Kosilek's rights by denying the procedure, noting that Corrections Department medical personnel had recommended it as necessary treatment for his gender-identity disorder.

(Reporting By Scott Malone; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Lisa Von Ahn)

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gregbrew56 wrote:
The guy/gal is 63. Delay long enough, and he/she will surely die.

Plus, if this person had not committed murder, he/she would have had to pay for the surgery him/her self. Why should the state pay for it now that he/she is a convicted murderer?

This is just stupid

Mar 01, 2013 3:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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