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####2006-06-01 00:00:00 ## Shot 05/31/2006. ##   BOSTON (AP)-- A man serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife wants the state to pay for his sex-change operation.    Robert Kosilek says denying his request amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.    A psychiatrist testified yesterday before a federal judge that he believes Kosilek will kill himself if correction officials deny the surgery.    Kosilek was convicted of strangling his wife, Cheryl, in 1990.    A U-S District Court judge in 2002 ruled that Kosilek -- who now goes by the name Michelle -- was entitled to treatment for gender identity disorder, but stopped short of ordering the state to pay for the sex-change operation.    State prison officials worry Kosilek will become a target for assault if he has the surgery and returns to the all-male prison where he's serving his sentence    Neither side is giving an estimate on the cost of the sex-change operation. ##  please cut vo showing Robert Kosilek (dressed as woman) in court, sketches, vo of him as a man (in brown jacket), being led into court etc
####2006-06-01 00:00:00 ## Shot 05/31/2006. ##   BOSTON (AP)-- A man serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife wants the state to pay for his sex-change operation.    Robert Kosilek says denying his request amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.    A psychiatrist testified yesterday before a federal judge that he believes Kosilek will kill himself if correction officials deny the surgery.    Kosilek was convicted of strangling his wife, Cheryl, in 1990.    A U-S District Court judge in 2002 ruled that Kosilek -- who now goes by the name Michelle -- was entitled to treatment for gender identity disorder, but stopped short of ordering the state to pay for the sex-change operation.    State prison officials worry Kosilek will become a target for assault if he has the surgery and returns to the all-male prison where he's serving his sentence    Neither side is giving an estimate on the cost of the sex-change operation. ##  please cut vo showing Robert Kosilek (dressed as woman) in court, sketches, vo of him as a man (in brown jacket), being led into court etc

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A judge has granted a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation for a transgender inmate serving a life sentence for murder.

Taxpayers to pay for inmate's sex change

A judge has granted a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation for a transgender inmate serving a life sentence for murder.