State to Appeal Inmate Sex Change Surgery Ruling on Taxpayers' Dime

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BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts officials plan to appeal a judge's decision to grant a convicted murderer's request for sex reassignment surgery.

An official in Gov. Deval (deh-VAL') Patrick's administration confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on Wednesday on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement hadn't been made.

Inmate Michelle Kosilek's attorney says she has no comment because she didn't know of the appeal. Kosilek was named Robert when convicted of his wife's 1990 murder.

U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled the surgery is the only adequate treatment for Kosilek's gender identity disorder, a condition he calls a "serious medical need." It's the first time a judge has ordered prison officials to provide sex reassignment surgery to an inmate.

The judge's ruling prompted an outcry among some legislative leaders, who say Kosilek isn't entitled to the taxpayer-funded surgery.