Federal Judge Approves Sex Change for Convicted Murderer

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    A federal judge ordered Massachusetts prison officials today to provide sexual reassignment surgery for a convicted murderer, calling it the only way to correct the "prolonged violation" of the inmate's Constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment.

    Michelle Kosilek, who was born Robert, had filed a lawsuit against the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, seeking an injunction that would require prison officials to grant her the sexual reassignment surgery that was recommended by prison doctors as treatment for her gender identity disorder. Robert Kosilek was convicted in the 1990 strangulation death of his wife, Cheryl.

    U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled that Michelle Kosilek, who lives as a woman in a male prison facility, had experienced "intense mental anguish," and said there was a "serious medical need" for her to have the procedure.

    "It has long been well-established that it is cruel for prison officials to permit an inmate to suffer unnecessarily from a serious medical need," the judge wrote in his 128-page decision.

    He called it "unusual" to treat a prisoner with gender identity disorder differently "than the numerous inmates suffering from more familiar forms of mental illness."

    Kosilek has tried to castrate herself and has attempted suicide twice, Wolf noted in his ruling.

    Prison officials have said if Kosilek had the surgery she could be a target for sexual assaults, among other security risks, according to court documents.

    Wolf said those concerns were "either pretextual or can be dealt with."

    The court left the decision of where to house Kosilek after her surgery to the Department of Corrections.

    The Department of Corrections offered no immediate comment but said it planned to explore its appellate options.

    Kosilek first sued the Department of Corrections in 2000. Two years later, Wolf ruled she should receive treatment for gender identity disorder, which included hormones. Kosilek sued again in 2005, again asking for gender reassignment surgery.

    Frances Cohen, an attorney for Kosilek, told the Associated Press the judge made a courageous and thoughtful ruling.

    "We feel very grateful that the judge listened very carefully to the medical experts and has given Michelle Kosilek what the prison doctors had recommended," Cohen said.

    Judge Approves Sex Change For Convicted Murderer - ABC News
     
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    Freaking ridiculous.
     
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    Well if had to be in prison, I would want a gender change operation too. I mean (giggidy), wouldn't be great to make out with the girls over the guys?
     
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    I'd just lop off everything for his punishment and then release him. Seeing that he served his punishment.
     
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    Twenty years ago, that same liberal judge would have claimed that cutting off his balls was cruel and unusual punishment :lmao:
     
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    Hmm...

    I have nothing against people having gender reassignment surgery, and I don't care if the taxpayer has to fund it. But I wonder if taxpayer funds should be used to help a convicted killer change gender. Yes, she may have gender identity disorder, and I can understand her frustration at being 'trapped' in the wrong body.

    BUT - I wonder when she decided she wanted to be a female? Before or after she killed her wife? If she wanted to change sex after she killed her wife, is it some kind of sick way to show how she has no remorse over the killing?

    If she has the operation, she will be a target for assault within the prison, but I think she knows that. If she doesn't have the surgery, she may attempt suicide again and succeed. I am sure that many will hope that she does, but I don't believe inmates should be committing suicide. Gender identity is a real disorder, despite the fact it is misunderstood by many.

    I would want to know her motives for changing sex before she has the surgery. It could be simply that because she killed her wife, she somehow wants to 'become' the wife she killed if that makes sense.

    In short, I am not sure what I support - her right to change sex, or to refuse her on the grounds that she is a convicted killer, and shouldn't be entitled to the same things everyone else is.
     
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    I think she should get the chair. This is a piece of shit.
     
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    That is totally retarded!!

    Why should I as a tax payer have to foot the bill of someone else's elective surgery?

    What's next...........tax payers having to pay for boob jobs and face lifts???
     
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    Completely ridiculous.
     
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    Let the judge pay for it from his taxpayer supplied paycheck and I got no problem with it.
     
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