BOSTON (AP)- A federal appeals court will hear arguments in April in an appeal of a judge's ruling granting a taxpayer-funded sex change for a Massachusetts transgender inmate.
The state is appealing a ruling by U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ordering prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery for Michelle Kosilek, a convicted murderer serving a life sentence.
On Thursday, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston scheduled a hearing for April 2.
Kosilek was named Robert when convicted in the 1990 murder of wife Cheryl Kosilek.
Wolf ruled in September that the surgery is the "only adequate treatment" for Kosilek's gender-identity disorder.
The state says there are legitimate safety concerns of protecting her in prison if she has the surgery.
© 2017 Cox Media Group.
Court sets date to hear appeal in taxpayer-funded sex change case
NH Police: Recreational pot still illegal, even if you only 'smoke it in…
The Latest: Svitolina breezes past Shvedova at French Open
S. Korea's new leader orders probe of US missile launchers
Merkel: US relations important, but must also look elsewhere