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Judge Rules CA Inmate Entitled to Sex-Change Operation — With Taxpayer Money

source: http://www.capoliticalreview.com/top-stories/judge-rules-ca-inmate-entitled-to-sex-change-operation-with-taxpayer-money/?utm_source=CAPoliticalReview.com&utm_campaign=8a335b46c7-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b855a22bd3-8a335b46c7-267818141

What looked at first like a belated April Fool’s Day joke may turn out to be a landmark ruling in Eighth Amendment jurisprudence. On April 2, a federal district court judge in San Francisco ruled that a convicted murderer serving a 17-years-to-life sentence is entitled to a sex-change operation at taxpayer expense. Judge Jon Tigar, a Barack Obama appointee, determined that Jeffrey Bryan Norsworthy should have the $100,000 procedure “as promptly as possible.”

Though no inmate in a California prison has ever received sex-reassignment surgery while in custody, Judge Tigar found that the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution requires that Norsworthy receive a vaginoplasty — a procedure that involves removing the patient’s male genitals and creating female genitals. In 38 pages of judicial reasoning, Tigar declared that forcing Norsworthy to keep his male parts while behind bars at the all-male Mule Creek State Prison in Ione amounts to “cruel and unusual punishment.” This is a decision bordering on lunacy.    read more