In 1990, Robert Kosilek garroted his wife, Cheryl, to death with a piece of wire before tearing her clothes from her body and stuffing her into the trunk of her car, which he then abandoned in a Massachusetts mall parking lot.
Kosilek was arrested and convicted of the murder, which he allegedly committed in a bid to start a new life as a woman. He was reportedly dressed as a woman when arrested and stood trial dressed as such. The man — now Michelle Kosilek (who, despite now having a feminine first name, presumably still has a penis) — has been living in a male penitentiary serving time for his gruesome crime ever since.
Thanks to a ruling by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mark Wolf, Kosilek could now be slated to receive a taxpayer-funded sex change operation.
Kosilek sued the Department of Corrections in 2000, arguing that refusal to pay for a sex-change violates his 8th Amendment right against cruel and unusual punishment. The department previously opposed the request.
But Wolf, in his ruling, believes it is time that Americans become more sensitive to the sexual peculiarities of our prison population, stating: “This fact that sex reassignment surgery is for some people medically necessary has recently become more widely recognized.”
Wolf continues: “Denying adequate medical care because of a fear of controversy or criticism from politicians, the press, and the public serves no legitimate penological purpose. It is precisely the type of conduct the Eighth Amendment prohibits.”
Removing Kosilek’s man bits (which he has reportedly attempted to do himself while incarcerated) will cost taxpayers about $20,000 in addition to fees related to litigation and the cost of relocating or offering special protections for the newly “female” inmate.