To the annals of liberal judicial activism add another subheading: A federal judge in Massachusetts has ordered the state’s department of corrections to pay for a murderer’s sex-change operation.
U.S. District Court Chief Mark L. Wolf, chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, says taxpayers will pick up the tab for doctors to lop off the manhood of she-man “Michelle” Kosilek, whose real name is Robert. The judge opined that the Eighth Amendment to the federal Constitution forbids denying a sex-change operation to a “transsexual” who is “sick” and “needs” it.
Unknown, the Boston Globe reported, is what the operation will cost. But it won’t be cheap, given that taxpayers will also cough up the dough to pay for the treatment Mademoiselle Michelle will need afterward.
He Murdered His Wife
Kosilek has been in the slammer since he murdered his wife, Cheryl, in 1990. By then, he “was transitioning to a female identity,” the Globe reported.
Since then, the gender-bender has, apparently, been something of a professional psychiatric patient. He’s been fighting to get the surgery for at least 10 years. According to the Globe, “the care she [he] has already received has been unsuccessful, she argued in court documents.”
When the case was first filed a decade ago, Wolf ruled that treatment was necessary but stopped short of ordering the surgery. Kosilek sued again, saying the hormone treatments, laser hair removal, and psychotherapy she had received were insufficient to address severe anxiety and depression.
Kosilek has already tried to castrate himself and twice tried to commit suicide, once while taking the antidepressant Prozac. The Department of Correction’s own doctors have said that surgery is the only appropriate care for Kosilek.
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