By Dennis LaVoie, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has apologized to a transgender inmate who has waited years for a ruling in a lawsuit seeking to order Massachusetts prison officials to provide a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation.

Michelle Kosilek first sued 11 years ago. Two years later, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled that Kosilek was entitled to treatment for gender-identity disorder, but stopped short of ordering surgery. Kosilek sued again in 2005, arguing that the surgery is a medical necessity.

During a hearing Thursday, Wolf said he deeply regrets that his decision has not yet been issued. He said he knows the case is “extremely important” to both Kosilek and prison officials who oppose the surgery.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports.

Kosilek, born as Robert, was convicted of killing his wife in 1990. Kosilek has received hormone treatments and lives as a woman in an all-male prison.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (5)
  1. SLICK says:


  2. thor's hammer says:

    your “honor” if this individual wants the surgery, let their family have a bake sale. here in the real world, this kind of surgery would not be covered by health insurance. why should the GOOD people of the commonwealth have to yet again, come up with the coin for a convicted felon’s perceived right to services. i hope somehow this is blocked legally and appeals go on, and on, and on. the felon murdered his wife, why should there be benefits behind bars (or “perks for perps”). justice for the murdered victim!

  3. Irishjedi says:

    Seriously!! If I was to have this surgery it would cost thousands and just because he/she is behind bars it will cost us, the taxpayer. That is not fair to the tax paying citizens of the state. He/she is in prison because of murder and should have no rights. Our lawmakers have to get their heads out their keisters and look out for the law-abiding, tax paying citizens of the commonwealth.

  4. disgusted says:

    well put, thor’s hammer, the guilty have more rights than the people who respect the law. unfreaking believable.

  5. bakedbean says:

    So if they have done it for another convict they have set a precedence.Judge apologizes, big deal.Right, wrong or indifferent two wrongs (one already done, this would make two) is not something we taxpayers should have to foot the bill for.He violated his wife’s right to live and now he complains HIS rights are violated.It’s payback time, DENY HIM his hormones and sex change.He makes an unattractive female anyhow.

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