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Chief judge tells state to hire expert to decide if Kosilek needs electrolysis


Judge Mark Wolf

BOSTON (FOX 25 / U.S. Chief Judge Mark Wolf ordered the state to hire an expert to decide whether or not a convicted murderer needs to receive electrolysis due to gender identity disorder.

The Boston Globe reports that Judge Wolf handed down a six-page ruling on Wednesday which calls for the Department of Correction to hire someone who will determine whether or not electrolysis is medically necessary for Michelle Kosilek. The inmate's attorneys argue that hair removal is necessary as part of treatment for gender identity disorder.

Michelle Kosilek lived as a man under the name Robert Kosilek when he strangled his wife to death in 1990. Judge Wolf recently ordered the state to fund Kosilek's sex change, but Gov. Deval Patrick has appealed the ruling and called for the surgery to be delayed during the appeal.

Judge Wolf made headlines last week after announcing plans to take "senior status." FOX 25 caught up with Wolf to discuss the decision. To see that interview, click here.

To read more about Wednesday's ruling: Boston Globe