Mass. appeals court to preside over taxpayer-funded sex change for inmate

FILE (Left) - 1990 file booking photo (AP Photo/New Rochelle Police Department)

FILE (Right) - Kosilek was on trial for the May 1990 murder of his wife. Kosilek was convicted in the murder, and has been living as a woman, Michelle Kosilek. (AP Photo/Lisa Bul)
FILE (Left) - 1990 file booking photo (AP Photo/New Rochelle Police Department) FILE (Right) - Kosilek was on trial for the May 1990 murder of his wife. Kosilek was convicted in the murder, and has been living as a woman, Michelle Kosilek. (AP Photo/Lisa Bul)

BOSTON (WWLP) – A court is set to hear arguments on taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for a state prison inmate.

Michelle Kosilek, born Robert Kosilek, was convicted in the 1990 killing of her spouse Cheryl. A judge ruled in 2012 that the Department of Correction must provide the surgery to treat Kosilek’s gender-identity disorder. The state appealed.

A hearing before the full court is scheduled Thursday. Prison officials say Kosilek has already received adequate treatment, including female hormones and laser hair removal.

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