Inmate asks high court to hear sex-change case

BOSTON (AP) – Lawyers for a transgender inmate convicted of murder have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling denying her request for sex-reassignment surgery.

A federal judge ordered the Massachusetts Department of Correction to grant the surgery to Michelle Kosilek in 2012, finding that it was the “only adequate treatment” for Kosilek’s gender-identity disorder.

That ruling was overturned in December by a federal appeals court.

On Monday, lawyers with Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders asked the high court to grant a hearing or to reverse the ruling by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. They argue that the court had no legal basis to overturn it.

Kosilek was born Robert Kosilek. She is serving a life sentence for killing spouse Cheryl McCaul in 1990.

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