Appeals court delays transgender California inmate's surgery

May 21, 2015 2:27 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal appeals court has delayed sex reassignment surgery for a transgender prison inmate in California hours after a state panel recommended she be paroled.

The pair of decisions Thursday makes it less likely that convicted killer Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, who has lived as a woman since the 1990s, will receive the surgery before she is released from prison.

The 51-year-old Norsworthy had been scheduled for the surgery on July 1, but the appellate court order delays the operation while it considers her case - a process that could take months.

Meanwhile, the state Board of Parole Hearings has 120 days to review the commissioners' recommendation that she be freed.

If it is upheld, Gov. Jerry Brown would have another 30 days to intervene.


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