Judge denies murderer's request for hair removal

AP News
Posted: Nov 25, 2009 12:00 PM

A federal judge has denied a convicted murderer's request for more hair removal treatments as she waits to find out if she can get state-funded sex change surgery.

U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled Wednesday that Michelle Kosilek (KOH'-sill-eck) failed to prove "irreparable harm" or a "serious medical need" to continue electrolysis treatments.

Kosilek hung her head and dabbed at her eyes when the decision was announced. Her lawyer expressed disappointment to the judge.

Kosilek was named Robert when married to Cheryl Kosilek, and was convicted of murdering her in 1990.

Kosilek's lawyers have argued that having facial hair is "intensely personally stressful" to her.

The state Department of Correction said Kosilek has already received "significant hair removal" and remaining hair can be removed by shaving or using depilatories.