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Supreme Court rejects trans inmate’s gender reassignment appeal

Joseph McCormick May 4, 2015

The US Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a trans prison inmate who had requested to receive gender reassignment surgery whilst serving her sentence.

Michelle Kosilek was granted gender reassignemtn surgery back in 2012 after years of legal battles to be allowed hormone therapy and hair removal treatment whilst incarcerated.

After an appeal against the ruling, last year a three-judge panel of the 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals held up the original ruling by Judge Mark Wolf that Ms Kosilek should be allowed the surgery.

The panel said that Ms Kosilek should receive the surgery as treatment of her gender dysphoria “even if that treatment strikes some as odd or unorthodox.”

The Massachusetts Department of Correction vowed to appeal, and the Supreme Court ruled today without making comment.

Ms Kosilek was convicted of murdering then spouse Cheryl Kosilek back in 1990.

More: michelle kosilek, prison, supreme court, US

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