Sep 17, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
(THE BLAZE) A wife-killer in Massachusetts who won the right to a taxpayer-funded sex change earlier this month is now eligible to have his legal fees – expected to top $500,000 – paid as well.
In a landmark decision, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ordered the state Department of Correction to provide sex-reassignment surgery to “Michelle” Kosilek, saying prison officials violated his Eighth Amendment right to protection against cruel and unusual punishment.
The judge ruled that surgery is the “only adequate treatment” for Kosilek’s gender-identity disorder. “Kosilek has prevailed on his claim that the defendant has violated his Eighth Amendment rights and is continuing to do so. Therefore, he is eligible to be awarded his reasonable attorney’s fees and costs,” Wolf explained in an order entered in court Sunday.
Though he was born as Robert Kosilek, the murderer has apparently been living as a woman in prison since being convicted of killing his wife Cheryl in 1990. He has been receiving hormone treatments, psychotherapy, and electrolysis for hair removal. The final sex-change operation can cost up to $20,000.
Understandably, Cheryl’s family is outraged.