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Sex Change Ruling for Mansfield Convict Upheld

Michelle Kosilek, formerly of Mansfield, will be allowed to get a taxpayer-funded sex change operation.

Michelle Kosilek. Patch file photo.
Michelle Kosilek. Patch file photo.
The taxpayer-funded sex change operation for Michelle Kosilek will move forward, after a federal appeals court upheld U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf's ruling that the surgery is the only way to treat her "serious medical need," according to My Fox Boston

Kosilek, who was known as Robert and living in Mansfield in when he was convicted of killing his wife, Cheryl, in 1990, first sued the Massachusetts Department of Correction 12 years ago.

Wolf ruled two years later that Kosilek was entitled to treatment for gender-identity disorder, but did not order surgery. She sued again in 2005 which led to Wolf's most recent ruling in September 2012, which the state appealed, brining the case to the Federal Court of Appeals. 


Sex change operations can cost up to $20,000. Many insurance companies reject the surgery as elective. Prison officials have argued that allowing Kosilek to have the surgery would make her a target for sexual assaults by other inmates.

BH January 17, 2014 at 05:42 PM
People of this state who had any hand in the law making, legislation, decision and upholding of this result should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. If a free citizen wanted to do this, they would have to pay tens of thousands of dollars out of their own pocket. A convicted murderer wants to do it and we foot the bill. I am ashamed of my state.
Tina Mqs January 17, 2014 at 06:10 PM
Disgusting. But BH, looks like the state appealed the original ruling to provide the operation, which it says here took the case to the federal appeal court. (I'll keep my Obama remarks to myself for now). Maybe I can file an appeal too, since I was not accurately represented in this case. Pathetic.
HJ January 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM
Where did they live in Mansfield? I can't find it anywhere.
BH January 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM
What does it matter?
Tina Mqs January 18, 2014 at 12:09 PM
Not that it really matters, but "....early in the morning of May 23, 1990, police executed a search warrant at a new three-story duplex on Concetta Circle in Mansfield, Massachusetts, a small commuter town about 30 miles south of Boston. The house belonged to Robert and Cheryl Kosilek, both of whom worked as substance-abuse counselors at nearby hospitals...." http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115335/sex-change-prison-inmate-michelle-kosilek-should-we-pay
HJ January 18, 2014 at 12:16 PM
Thanks Mqs!

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