Massachusetts Reviewing Judge's Inmate Sex Change Ruling

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says his administration is reviewing a judge

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 1993 file photo, Robert Kosilek sits in Bristol County Superior Court, in New Bedford, Mass., where Kosilek was on trial for the May 1990 murder of his wife. (AP Photo/Lisa Bul, File)

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says his administration is reviewing a judge's ruling ordering state prison officials to pay for sex reassignment surgery for a transgender inmate.

Patrick said Monday no decision has been made on whether to appeal last week's decision by U.S. District Court Judge Mark Wolf, who ruled the surgery was medically necessary to treat Michelle Kosilek's "serious medical need."

Kosilek was born male but has received hormone treatments and lives as a woman in an all-male prison. He was named Robert when he was convicted of killing his wife in 1990 and is serving life in prison.

Patrick notes the ruling went against the state, which opposed the surgery. But the Democrat also calls the judge "thoughtful and scholarly" and says the state wants to fully evaluate the opinion before deciding what to do.


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