Michelle Kosilek: Federal judge rules Mass. prison must allow sex change for inmate (UPDATED)

In this Jan. 15, 1993 file photo, Robert Kosilek, now known as Michelle, is seen in Bristol County Superior Court, in New Bedford, Mass.
AP

A federal judge ruled today in a potentially precedent-setting ruling that the state Department of Correction must allow an inmate to receive sexual reassignment surgery.

Robert Kosilek was convicted for killing his wife in 1990 is serving a life sentence without parole at a medium security prison in Norfolk. He now goes by Michelle Lynne Kosilek.

Chief Judge Mark Wolf issued a 126-page ruling today.

Kosilek sued the Department of Correction and claimed the department was allowing cruel and unusual punishment by denying him the sex change because he suffers from gender identity disorder.

“Kosilek shares with every other inmate in the DOC’s custody the right to have decisions concerning him made by prison officials reasonably and in good faith in order to assure that he is not again subject to the cruel and unusual punishment that the Eight Amendment prohibits,” Wolf wrote.

Diane Wiffin, a DOC spokeswoman, said the department just received the ruling and officials are reviewing it. She also said officials are reviewing appeal options.

Also released today were four letters to Wolf. Two are from the family of Cheryl Koselik and two are from Michelle Koselik. You can read Koselik’s most recent letter to Wolf below:



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox defeat Orioles, 4-2

Brock Holt the difference in the Red Sox' win

NHL

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump…

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump Bruins in Game 1

MLB

MLB video highlights: Orioles top Red Sox, 8-4…

John Lackey roughed up for second straight outing

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.