A Virginia appellate court ruled last week that a prison trampled on an inmate’s constitutional rights by refusing to pay for the felon’s sexual-reassignment surgery — a procedure costing about $20,000. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided that denying to pay for gender reassignment surgery for Michael Stokes, a transgender bank robber serving a 73-year sentence, violates the constitution’s Eighth Amendment, which protects against cruel and unusual punishment, according to the ruling. The decision, titled De’Lonta v. Johnson, gave the following analogy:
Comments: As if we needed more evidence that the world has gone mad. s/o Uh, I´m sure no appellate judge, but the comparison of pain medication and a sex change operation seems a bit of a stretch.
I don´t get the analogy. Where´s the intractable pain to the inmate from denial of surgery for a sex change?
FTA: “[I]magine that prison officials prescribe a painkiller to an inmate who has suffered a serious injury from a fall, but that the inmate’s symptoms, despite the medication, persist to the point that he now, by all objective measure, requires evaluation for surgery. Would prison officials then be free to deny him consideration for surgery, immunized from constitutional suit by the fact they were giving him a painkiller? We think not.”
The whole system is being scammed. All this "guy" wants is to prostitute himself inside of the prison. He can make bank in favors and prison currency whether "he´s" in a male or female prison. Either way, this case proves the stupidity of many who hold positions of power in the judiciary.
An article above suggested Brown University students were eligible and the cost was estimated at $50K. Maybe Brown students could arrange Virginia incarceration and reduce the costs to the $20k quoted here.
If I went to prison and had my , uh, equipment reassigned by surgery against my will it would be a crime, and certainly cruel and unusual punishment. This courts decision is the result of liberal education that finally bloomed into insanity. Constitutional rights are now made up out of thin air like fairy tales. Come to think of it, this IS a fairy tale.
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