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September 4, 2012
Lisa Bul photo

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 1993 file photo, Robert Kosilek sits in Bristol County Superior Court, in New Bedford, Mass., where Kosilek was on trial for the May 1990 murder of his wife. Kosilek was convicted in the murder, and has been living as a woman, Michelle Kosilek, and receiving hormone treatments while serving life in prison in Massachusetts. On Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ordered Massachusetts to provide a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation for Kosilek.

Frankie Ziths photo

FILE - In this May 24, 1990 file photo, Robert Kosilek is led to the county jail following his arraignment on drunken driving charges, in New Rochelle, N.Y. Kosilek was convicted in the 1990 murder of his wife in Massachusetts, and has been living as a woman, Michelle Kosilek, and receiving hormone treatments while serving life in prison in Massachusetts. On Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ordered Massachusetts to provide a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation for Kosilek.

Frankie Ziths photo

FILE - In this May 24, 1990 file photo, Robert Kosilek is led to a paddy wagon enroute to the county jail following his arraignment on drunken driving charges, in New Rochelle, N.Y. Kosilek was convicted in the 1990 murder of his wife in Massachusetts, and has been living as a woman, Michelle Kosilek, and receiving hormone treatments while serving life in prison in Massachusetts. On Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ordered Massachusetts to provide a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation for Kosilek.

New Rochelle Police photo

FILE - This May 1990 file booking photo provided by the New Rochelle, N.Y., police department, shows Robert Kosilek, arrested on drunken driving charges. Kosilek was convicted in the 1990 murder of his wife in Massachusetts, and has been living as a woman, Michelle Kosilek, and receiving hormone treatments while serving life in prison in Massachusetts. On Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ordered Massachusetts to provide a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation for Kosilek.