Murderer entitled to taxpayer-funded sex change: Court


spaminator
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Murderer entitled to taxpayer-funded sex change: Court
Richard Valdmanis, Reuters
First posted: Friday, January 17, 2014 04:34 PM EST | Updated: Friday, January 17, 2014 04:44 PM EST
BOSTON- A Massachusetts prisoner suffering from gender identity disorder should be provided a sex-change operation paid for by the state's prison system, according to a federal appeals court decision issued on Friday.
The U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, in a ruling by a panel of three judges, said it agreed with a lower court ruling from 2012 that the Massachusetts Department of Corrections was obligated to provide the surgery as treatment for the inmate, who is serving a life sentence for murder.
"Having carefully considered the relevant law and the extensive factual record, we affirm the judgment of the district court," Judge Rogeriee Thompson wrote for the court.
The 63-year-old inmate, who legally changed his name to Michelle Kosilek from Robert Kosilek, sued the Department of Corrections more than a decade ago trying to force it to pay for gender reassignment surgery.
Kosilek was convicted in 1992 of murdering his wife, a counsellor he had met while he was in drug rehabilitation, after she caught him wearing her clothes.
Judge Mark Wolf of the U.S. District Court in Boston ruled in 2012 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.
The Department of Corrections challenged the decision, claiming that denying sex-change surgery does not constitute inadequate medical care.
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Walter
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Good for it.
 
Sal
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in order to have a sex change isn't it necessary to undergo a battery of tests in order to prove stability?

the motive for the murder would appear to prove otherwise in this case
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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I don't see why the surgery would be denied him but not sure why the prison needs to pay for it unless that is a benefit of being behind bars -- free heathcare. They should sell that and maybe they will get more inmates.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiingView Post

I don't see why the surgery would be denied him but not sure why the prison needs to pay for it unless that is a benefit of being behind bars -- free heathcare. They should sell that and maybe they will get more inmates.

It would appear as though he has multiple problems with drug abuse being one of them, and killing his wife because she caught him in her clothes. It's a bizarre case.
 
Christianna
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I see no need for the tax payers to pay for his surgery. If he can afford it himself then go for it.
 
taxslave
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I can think of much better uses for that money.
 
lone wolf
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Just lop it off.... If he's a lifer, it's not like he's going to be using it for more than peeing anyhow...
 
damngrumpy
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This is so they can hide in the witness protection prorgram right
 
MHz
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Then throw him into general population in the 'ladies' section, they'll teach her she will need to know to 'fit right in'.
 
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