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FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2007

Readers oppose sex-change surgery for prisoner

In an online poll, Daily readers were almost unanimous in opposing state-paid sex-change surgery for an inmate.

"Should the state of Massachusetts pay for sex-change surgery for convicted murderer Michelle Kosilek?" the poll asked.

Three hundred readers (97.4 percent of those voting) said no. Eight said yes.

Robert Kosilek was sentenced to life in prison for strangling his wife. He changed his name to Michelle and sued the Massachusetts Correction Department, arguing that by refusing to allow sex-change surgery, it is imposing cruel and unusual punishment. A trial, which started more than a year ago, is incomplete in Boston federal court.

The two-day, unscientific poll at ended Thursday.

- Steve Stewart

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