The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from Michelle Kosilek, the convicted murderer who has been seeking a sex-change surgery while held in a men's prison in Norfolk.
A landmark ruling in 2012 by U.S. District Court Judge Mark Wolf originally found in favor of the surgery, citing "cruel and unusual punishment" — but an appeal by former Gov. Deval Patrick to the first circuit court reversed the decision late last year.
- The rejection of Kosilek’s appeals by the nation’s highest court appears to bring an end to Kosilek’s hope of getting the sex-change surgery at taxpayer’s expense, an idea that seemed inevitable after a groundbreaking ruling in 2012 by US District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf.
This segment aired on May 6, 2015.