Federal Judge Rules Transgender Inmate Can Recoup Legal Fees

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mark Wolf, who ruled earlier this month that prison inmate Michelle Kosilek deserves to receive the sex reassignment surgery she has demanded for well over 10 years, ruled Monday that Kosilek is also entitled to have the Massachusetts Department of Corrections reimburse her legal fees. “Kosilek has prevailed on [her] claim that [the Department of Correction] has violated his Eighth Amendment rights,” the Reagan appointee ruled, making her “eligible to be awarded [her] reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs.”