Friday, June 02, 2006

Tell Me The State Won't Allow This!

Robert Kosilek was convicted of strangling his wife, Cheryl, in 1990, in Massachusetts. He is said to suffer from a 'gender identity disorder'. He is seeking a sex-change operation from the state through a federal judge. His lawyers thinks he might try suicide, if he isn't allowed to have this operation.

In 2002, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled Kosilek was entitled to treatment for gender identity disorder, but he stopped short of ordering the state to pay for a sex-change operation.

Kosilek has sued The Department of Correction, because psychiatrists, including 2 of their department experts, thinks the sex-change operation is necessary. Is this only to keep him from committing suicide?

Kosilek now goes by the name Michelle. He has been undergoing hormone treatment, and Dr.Brown, a psychiatrist, says that his depression and anxiety has improved. But,Dr. Brown also says he feels that 'she would kill herself', if she doesn't have the sex-change operation.

Corrections officials fear Kosilek could be a target for assault by returning as a woman to the all-male, medium-security prison in Norfolk, McFarland said. If Kosilek is transferred to the women's prison in Framingham, there are concerns about risk to female inmates there.

During the 2002 trial, Kosilek testified to having gender identity disorder since age 3, attempting suicide twice and attempting self-castration.

Two psychiatrists will testify that Kosilek functions "at a very high level" and that a sex-change operation is not medically necessary, McFarland said.

Why should the tax payers have to pay for a convicted killer to have a sex-change operation? Do we now put criminals into prison and give them everything they desire, and foot the bill?

Linked at Conservative Cat

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