A federal judge has decided that a prisoner in a Massachusetts prison for having killed his wife is suffering emotionally. He is really a woman, hormonally speaking.
So great is the suffering, the judge determined, that the taxpayers of Massachusetts must pay for a sex-change operation.
Incarcerated rapists in prisons around the nation are strongly supportive of this decision of the court.
The prisoner was known as Robert Kosliak when he killed his wife two decades ago. Today, Kosliak is known as Michelle.
Kosilek first sued the Massachusetts Department of Correction 12 years ago. Two years later, Wolf ruled that Kosilek was entitled to treatment for gender-identity disorder, but stopped short of ordering surgery. Kosilek sued again in 2005, arguing that the surgery is a medical necessity.
The judge agreed with him. So did a good portion of the prison’s population.
The judge invoked the Eighth Amendment.
“The court finds that there is no less intrusive means to correct the prolonged violation of Kosilek’s Eighth Amendment right to adequate medical care,” Wolf wrote in his 126-page ruling.
What does the Eighth Amendment prohibit? Cruel and unusual punishment.
I can imagine George Mason looking into the future and thinking, “We need this provision in order to protect men who want to look like women in prison. This is what liberty is all about.” Madison instantly understood this. So did Congress.
The guards do not think this is a good idea. They say this will make it harder to defend her in an all-male prison. But the judge says the guards are pretextual. That is legalese for “play pretend.” You know: a hoax. I mean, who would imagine that a prison full of celibate, law-abiding men might be a threat to Ms. Kosliak. It’s just silly, the judge implied.
It’s the Department of Corrections’ problem now. Judge Wolf has spoken — or written. At considerable length.
Only in America!