Killer wins sex-change surgery on state’s dime
Michelle Kosilek — the wife-strangling transsexual who spent years fighting for a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation — is “very, very moved” by a federal judge’s surprise ruling yesterday that orders the state’s prison system to bankroll his surgical journey into womanhood, his lawyer told the Herald.
“She really appreciates the careful consideration of the court, and the respectful decision,” attorney Frances S. Cohen said of her client, Michelle Kosilek — formerly known as Robert — an MCI-Norfolk lifer who has been diagnosed with gender-identity disorder and sued the state in 2006 to provide sex-change surgery. “She’s been living with this problem for a very long time.”*HE* has been living with this problem - unlike his wife, who has been dead for 20 years at his hands. This shouldn't be an issue - he should have gotten the needle 10 years ago, plain and simple. Whether he is "confused" about his gender is irrelevant - he is serving time for murder, plain and simple. It is not the state's responsibility to help him feel better about himself, only to provide a secure facility from which he cannot escape to hurt anyone else.
This is not about "gender confusion". This is about coddling criminals and making the state of Massachusetts both a laughingstock and a breeding ground. Want a sex change? Come to Massachusetts and kill someone and get it done for free. Where do we draw the line? Breast implants? Viagra? Hair replacement? I mean, hell, I've been struggling with being follicularly challenged as long as this guy has had his gender issues; where's my state-funded trip to the Bosley Clinic?
Here's the thing, though. Mrs. G. brought this up last night. What happens if Kosilek is extremely clever and has the operation, only to bring suit against the state of Massachusetts for state-sponsored castration? I mean, that's exactly what will happen, right? Since he's in the care of the state, if this operation goes through, the state will be 100% responsible for his castration.
Wouldn't that be cruel and unusual punishment?
Wouldn't it be something if he gets his operation - provided free of charge to him with the taxpayers of Massachusetts [Jay waves] footing the bill - only to turn around to bring a Federal case on 8th amendment grounds that he suffered "cruel and unusual punishment" at the hands of the state for forcibly removing his dangly bits? I fail to see how the state could prove they were not behind it, seeing as how he was a prisoner. I would find the irony positively delicious if he were to be set free due to the "cruel and unusual punishment" inflicted on him by the state of MA - and then set out to enjoy his life with the corrected gender courtesy of us MA chumps...
This isn't about folks living with gender identify issues. If this is truly the case with Kosilek - and there's little reason to doubt it - then he should be perfectly free to pursue gender correction once he's out of prison and has served his sentence for the cold-blooded murder of his wife. Imagine, though, the outcry if he murdered his wife so that he could be a free man, and then the state was on the hook for his penile enhancement/hair replacement/tummy tuck/whatever. It's the gender issue that's being used as an excuse to overlook the fact that he is a prisoner serving time for murder.
His wife never got leniency - neither should he.
That is all.