GOP leader urges appeal of judge's order in sex change case

Apr 3, 2015 7:15 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Assembly's Republican leader is urging an appeal of a judge's order that California must provide sex reassignment surgery for a transgender inmate.

Minority Leader Kristin Olsen sent her letter Friday to Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard and a federal receiver who controls prison medical care.

She's objecting to Thursday's decision by U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar. The San Francisco-based judge ruled that withholding the surgery violates the constitutional rights of 51-year-old Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, who was born Jeffrey Bryan Norsworthy.

Norsworthy is serving a life sentence for murder but is eligible for parole.

Olsen says providing the surgery would be "a gross injustice" not only to taxpayers but to Norsworthy's victim and the victim's survivors.

Corrections department spokesman Jeffrey Callison says there has been no decision on whether to appeal.

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