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Former Mansfield Resident's Prison Sex-Change and Legal Fees Paid by Taxpayers

Judge rules that legal fees in fight for prisoner gender reassignment to be paid by taxpayers.

After a 12-year battle with legal officials, former Mansfield resident Michelle Kosilek says her operation in prison was a "serious medical need," according to the Boston Herald.

This month, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf ruled that sexual-reassignment surgery is a viable treatment for Michelle Kosilek's gender-identity disorder. The ruling was found under the Eighth Amendment, which protects against cruel and unusual punishment.

In 1990, while a male under the name of Robert, Kosilek strangled his wife and was convicted of her murder. The issue has sparked serious debate as to whether tax payers should foot the bill for gender reassignment surgery for prisoners as a serious medical treatment for a medical condition.

Wolf is also now saying that the court, and therefor taxpayers, should also pay for Kosilek's legal fees from her operation. 

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paul September 19, 2012 at 02:11 PM
This monster is the poster child for why we need the death penalty.
Barb September 19, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I have a hard time with this one first he took his wifes rights away from her and so what he kills himself because he didn't get his sex change operation so I guess that his judgement that he chose for himself.
Bob Thomas September 19, 2012 at 06:15 PM
If the taxpayers have already paid his/her legal fees through attorneys provided by public defenders, to whom do the taxpayers owe the money. Surely this creature from a horror movie did not pony up $200,000 of its own money for defense or for the frivolous suits for gender reassignment. If it did, was it from the death benefit on his dead spouse's insurance policy?
Dorothy Coyne September 19, 2012 at 11:17 PM
To echo the concerns of Paul, Barb and Bob, this monster is indeed a poster child for what’s wrong with the multiple systems that govern us. This man separated his wife from her right to breathe. This would be the only thing any of us have left that is not illegal or taxed or regulated in any way. Seems to me that just allowing him breathe should be enough. Just saying ….

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