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Patrick Believes State Will Win Appeal In Kosilek Case

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Gov. Deval Patrick says he believes the state will win an appeal of a judge’s ruling ordering the state to provide sex-reassignment surgery for a convicted murderer.

In remarks to reporters Thursday, Patrick said he believes the state has “a very strong argument” against the surgery sought by Michelle Kosilek.

U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled that the surgery is the only adequate treatment for Kosilek’s gender-identity disorder, a condition Wolf said is a “serious medical need.”

The Department of Correction said Wednesday the medical care Kosilek is receiving is adequate and that the judge’s ruling “improperly discredits” legitimate security concerns.

Kosilek has received female hormone treatments and lives as a woman in an all-male prison.

Kosilek, now 63, was named Robert when convicted of wife Cheryl Kosilek’s 1990 murder. (Associated Press)

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