Convicted killer Michelle Kosilek’s facial hair was the subject of a lengthy hearing in US District Court today where a federal judge has already ordered the state to pay for Kosilek’s sex-reassignment surgery.
The attorneys for Kosilek argued before Chief US District Court Judge Mark Wolf that her electrolysis treatments, part of her gender transformation from male to female that includes a sexual reassignment surgery, should continue despite resistance from the Department of Correction.
It was not clear whether Wolf would decide today whether to compel the department to continue with the beard removal treatment that stopped after six weeks. According to Kosilek’s attorney, Fran Cohen, the removal was incomplete when it came to a halt.
Robert Dierner, a medical expert who met twice with Kosilek and determined that the electrolysis wasn’t necessary, testified that Kosilek appeared to exaggerate the growth of her facial hair.
For example, Dierner testified, during one evaluation, Kosilek said going several days without shaving would result in a full beard.
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