ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

cloudy-day
93°
Sunny
H 101° L 76°
  • cloudy-day
    93°
    Current Conditions
    Sunny. H 101° L 76°
  • clear-day
    98°
    Evening
    Sunny. H 101° L 76°
  • clear-day
    77°
    Morning
    Sunny. H 99° L 74°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg news on demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg traffic on demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg weather on demand

00:00 | 00:00

Appeals court upholds inmate's right to sex change surgery

A Massachusetts federal appeals court has decided to uphold a judge's ruling ordering the state to provide sex-reassignment surgery for a transsexual prison inmate.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston found Friday that the surgery is necessary for Michelle Kosilek. (Via WFXT)

"A federal judge ruled in 2012 that the surgery is the 'only adequate treatment' for Kosilek's gender-identity disorder." (Via WSHM)

Kosilek sued the the state's Department of Correction in 2000 for not allowing her to get a sex change operation, and the lower court decided she was entitled to the surgery two years later.

But the court didn't order the procedure, and Kosilek sued again in 2005, claiming the surgery was medically necessary. (Via NECN)

And Friday, the appeals court ruled Massachusetts officials violated Kosilek's constitutional rights by failing to provide her with the surgery. (Via KCAL)

The Boston Globe reports the appeals court pointed out in its 80-page decision that courts "must not shrink from their obligation to enforce the constitutional rights of all persons, including prisoners. And receiving medically necessary treatment is one of those rights, even if that treatment strikes some as odd or unorthodox."

But the state Department of Correction isn't pleased with the ruling, arguing that Kosilek has been given the proper treatment for gender identity disorder in prison. That treatment, RT reports, includes female hormones, laser hair removal and psychotherapy. (Via RT)

The Department of Correction also argued there are safety concerns over protecting her against sexual assault in an all-male prison if she has the surgery.

But CBC notes judges cited a prison security review conducted after Kosilek started dressing in women's clothing and wearing make-up showed no signs of security issues.

Michelle Kosilek, who was born Robert, is serving a life sentence behind bars for the 1990 murder of her wife Cheryl. (Via WHDH)

According to CNN, while incarcerated in an all-male prison in Norfolk, she attempted to castrate herself and tried to commit suicide twice.

Sex-reassignment surgeries can reportedly cost more than $50,000. Kosilek's attorney told reporters the procedure will be paid for under a contract the Department of Correction has with its medical provider.

- See more at Newsy.com

Read More
VIEW COMMENTS

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

  • Republican plans for tax reform could be less sweeping than originally envisioned by the White House and GOP leaders in Congress, as a provision in a House GOP budget blueprint would require any tax bill to be ‘budget neutral,’ which would force lawmakers to offset any tax cuts with revenue increases that could be difficult in some cases to gain approval. Deep in the fine print of the budget resolution for next year, the Republican plan allows for a tax reform bill under budget reconciliation, “if such measure would not increase the deficit for the total of fiscal years 2018 through 2027.” In other words, you can’t just cut taxes – which technically deprive the federal treasury of revenue, and therefore increase the budget deficit – you have to find revenue to pay for those tax cuts. And Republicans on the House Budget Committee were actively trumpeting that message. It’s time for deficit-neutral #taxreform, and our budget makes that possible. pic.twitter.com/naed7nv7o9 — House Budget GOP (@housebudgetGOP) July 19, 2017 On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan was touting tax reform during a trip to a New Balance factory in Massachusetts. “First and foremost, we’re going to cut your taxes,” the Speaker said. But when a tax plan is deficit neutral – a cut for one person means that revenue must be found somewhere else to offset that reduction – in other words, some other tax increase, mainly one would assume by taking away deductions in the tax code. And many veterans of Capitol Hill say that’s not going to be easy. “I spent much of 2011-16 negotiating tax reform proposals in the Senate,” said Brian Reidl, a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, who used to work for Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). “Revenue-neutral tax reform will make health care look easy,” Riedl said in a post on Twitter. Key Republicans have made clear that they want to put together a proposal that dramatically simplifies the current tax system. “So 96% of the people can do their tax return on a single postcard size,” said House Budget Committee Chair Rep. Diane Black (R-TN). To do that, you would lower tax rates, and then most likely eliminate or reduce tax deductions – and that’s where things get tricky. Revenue neutral tax reform is hard. pic.twitter.com/B5ohufu90y — John Arnold (@JohnArnoldFndtn) July 20, 2017 Do you get rid of the deduction for mortgage insurance? Lots of people talk about that, but it always goes nowhere. What about the deduction for state and local taxes? That has bipartisan opposition in and around big cities on the East Coast. The tax break on employer provided health care benefits? That went nowhere fast in the negotiations over the GOP bill to overhaul the Obama health law. End or restrict the business interest deduction? Hard to imagine. Deficit neutral tax reform – it sounds wonky. But it’s a pretty important development that may rein in the scope of a GOP tax plan.
  • Tulsa investigators are looking for two men who ambushed a female pizza delivery driver early Saturday morning. The incident happened around 12:40 a.m, near 23rd and Jackson. Police say the victim had just finished delivering her pizza.  She was walking to her vehicle, when the suspects hit her with an unknown object. “She said she fell to the ground and a suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash from her purse,” police said. Both suspects then fled the scene on foot.   The victim wasn’t able to get a good look at the suspects.   Anyone with information regarding the robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.   
  • Multiple children are lucky to be okay, after reportedly getting locked inside a vehicle on Friday.   EMSA tells us, witnesses at the scene spotted the children.   “The latest call, at the Aldi’s grocery store at 82nd street and South Olympia Avenue, included three children – reported to be one infant and two toddlers - locked in a car,” EMSA said.  “A caller called 911 and waited at the scene to wave down emergency responders. The patients were assessed at the scene and were not transported to a hospital.” No word on who drove the children to the store or why they were left inside.   As of 8 p.m. Friday, EMSA crews had responded to eight suspected heat-related calls.  Saturday could be even hotter, so please stay safe.
  • Saturday will be perfect for staying close to your air conditioner or making friends with somebody who owns a pool. National Weather Service Meteorologist Chuck Hodges says we have another scorcher ahead of us. “Another hot one for Saturday,” Hodges said.  “Sunny skies and it looks like the high temperature will be around 102, 103 degrees.” There is an Excessive Heat Warning in effect for Tulsa and surrounding counties until 8 p.m. NWS reports we’ll see more high temperatures on Sunday.  The sun will come back out and the high should be near 100 degrees.   There is also a small chance for storms on Sunday, during the afternoon hours.  
  • O.J. Simpson plans to return to Florida when he’s released from prison in Nevada, but where are the rest of the players from the Trial of the Century? The Washington Post says the cast of characters includes prosecutor Marcia Clark, who now writes murder mysteries. Judge Lance Ito is now retired. Simpson’s lead defense attorney Johnnie Cochran died in 2005. Prosecutor Christopher Darden now has his own law firm as a defense and civil litigation attorney. But the paper says famed defense lawyer F. Lee Bailey has probably fared the worst. The now 83-year-old was disbarred and filed for bankruptcy after a string of scandals and runs a small consulting business above a hair salon in Maine. You can read more about the story here.