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Fritz Feds

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Oh the issues our courts are faced with...

Here’s one:

"A man serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife is asking a federal judge to order the state to pay for a sex-change operation for him, saying that denying him the surgery amounts to cruel and unusual punishment."

Now, a U.S. District Court in 2002 ruled that this guy was entitled to "treatment" for what is termed "gender identity disorder", but did not order the state to pay for the operation.  I am not sure, and really cannot tell from the article, whether this entitled him to undergo the operation at his own cost.  I won't dispute that this guy has serious problems (he already has breasts from hormone therapy, and he's doing this in a prison), but I would guess that his claim this time is a bit of a long shot.  Then again, you really never know.  The article does briefly discuss the other issue: If he does have the surgery, which prison should he be in?


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