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Federal Judge OKs Sex Change Operation For Inmate
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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
Posted: Tuesday, September 4 2012, 12:03 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Search continues in creek for missing Okla. teen
May 25, 2013 22:59 GMT
KINGFISHER, Okla. (AP) -- Authorities continue to search for a Kingfisher teenager who disappeared after jumping into Uncle John Creek.
Police say 17-year-old Taylor Faine jumped into the creek Thursday and did not resurface. Kingfisher Fire Chief Randy Poindexter told The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/10s2oB6 ) on Saturday that manmade dams have been built in hopes of finding Faine's body.
Authorities say Faine was swimming with friends in an area where no swimming signs are in place because of dangerous currents in the creek.
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