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Prisoner Michelle Kosilek requests electrolysis

Judge says state must consider it

A federal judge ordered the Department of Correction Wednesday to hire an independent specialist to determine whether electrolysis to remove facial hair is medically necessary for convicted murderer Michelle L. Kosilek as she waits to undergo taxpayer-financed gender reassignment surgery.

In a six-page ruling, US Chief Judge Mark Wolf also ordered the department and lawyers for the convicted killer to file legal papers on whether the judge has the power to put the surgery on hold.

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