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Are "strange," "Immoral," and "unfamiliar" feelings enough to block medical care for a prison inmate? Well, yes, in Massachusetts, to a five-judge federal court of appeals panel. They ruled en banc by 3 to 2 to overturn first a trial judgment and then a 3-judge panel of appeals justices that mandates sexual reassignment surgery for an inmate serving a life term.
Michelle Kosilek had fought for her surgery for a decade, winning before Judge Mark Wolf and then the panel. The Commonwealth persisted and finally had its way on Tuesday.
This becomes a de facto prohibition on such surgery here. Kosilek has long had hormone and other treatments, all short of the surgery. She won on Eighth Amendment grounds — cruel and unusual punishment for denial of necessary medical treatment. The Commonwealth edged out its win on what a dissenting judge called lies, ignoring the facts, rejecting case law, and making up law on the fly.
I'll talk the implications and how sadly the federal court here looks like the reactionary majority of the SCO)TUS.
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Yesterday's comments on the Michelle Kosilek case covered the basics. Today, the guest is Jennifer Levi, director of the Transgender Rights Project of Gay & esbian Advopcaes & Defenders. She was incredulous about the majority decision denying reassignment surgery.
We'll cover the implications not only for Kosilek but also for current or future incarcerated transgender inmates in Massachusetts. Levi may also give us some perspective on the next action, as in whether the case might move to the Supreme Court.
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They say it takes a big heart to help other people. Jaime Parmer is one of the people who have the heart to help patients get through their major medical health conditions.
Locked In Love - Can an Inmate be a Soulmate? Curves In 3D Radio going in tonight. Why are so many women turning to the prison system for a mate?
Can a relationship florish and grow when one half is confined and the other half is free? What about temptation... for the the one that is free as well as the one that is confined to a prison cell?
Why are men not seeking out women in the prison system? All this and more tonight as we explore Locked In Love!
Tonights show is dedicated to the Late Joanne Borgella and the prayers and love of the 3D Plus Model Family goes out to the Borgella and Ramierz Familiy
Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino talks about his department's 2015 budget at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 18 on the next episode of Record Talk Radio.
Saudino talks about the savings he anticipates from the decision to fold the County Police into the Sheriff's Office.
He also discusses some of the cuts the freeholders are seeking from him in this year's budget and well as additional funds he is seeking for training
About the Author: Bernard Otterman was born in Lodz, Poland, in 1937. At the age of three, he and his parents escaped Lodz and fled to Warsaw. From there to the Pietrokov ghetto and were subsequently interned in the Radom ghetto and then transferred to the Daimler work camp five miles away producing small munitions. In June of 1944, as the Russians advanced from the east, the camp was liquidated, and its inmates shipped to Auschwitz. Bernard and his mother escaped from the line being marched to the trains, fled and hid for six months as fugitives in the Polish countryside and survived until the Russian troops liberated Poland in January of 1945. His father was sent by train to Auschwitz, then immediately moved to a work camp in Germany. He too survived and the family was reunited in Lodz in September of 1945 through displaced persons listings. They lived in Germany until coming to the United States in 1951. Otterman was trained in mechanical engineering and for many years was on the engineering faculty at Northeastern and Hofstra universities. He worked and reworked the stories in this collection for more than a decade. "The Golem of Auschwitz" was first published in New Millennium Writings. "Kaddish" was first published in The Nassau Review and received first prize in fiction from the Review. "Lotto Fever" was first published in Word/Slovo. Several of Mr. Otterman's poems have been published in Poetry, Jewish Currents and other journals and compendia.
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TheAngryindian speaks with US Psychotherapist and Prisoner Rights Advocate George C. Mallinckrodt, author of 'Getting Away With Murder: A True Story' (2014) based on the tragic and violent death of Darren Rainey, a mentally-challenged state of Florida prison inmate who was literally 'cooked to death' while in custody as a punishment by vindictive correctional guards. They discuss the unconscionable lack of basic human rights and due process accorded to the incarcerated and the absurd levels of routine violence and horrible death-by-officer cases faced by the mentally ill and other vulnerable populations within the largest prison-complex in the world.
Radio Ecoshock - Climate scientist Paul Beckwith from the University of Ottawa rejoins Alex Smith to investigate latest record heat, melting, and emissions. Are we already entering an extreme climate shift?
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Hr1 Cartersville, GA police officers forced to resign for volunteering in inmate prayer ministry while off-duty. 1st Amendment is dying a slow death! How is that religious freedom?
Los Angeles Mayor thinks $15/hour minimum wage is a victory, local businessman responds explaining otherwise.
Andrea Nelson, from the Clover Agency, joins Joe to discuss recent news events that you probably won't hear anywhere else.
Legendary singer criticizes young stars for competing to wear the skimpiest dress in public at the latest Met gala.
Why are images of breastfeeding so taboo? It's a normal process of life. Elle magazine changes the newsstand cover.
What to do when you find out thru Instagram that your fiance isn't who you thought she was. RUN!
Hr2 LibLogic: The best way to teach kids about racism is through segregation, called "affinity groups." Isn't this what we were trying to get away from?
Muslim student thinks he shouldn't have to repay his school loans because it's against his religion. Was it against his religion to sign for it?
Hr3 Banning mobile phone use increases academic performance at school. Anyone else not shocked?
Teacher acquitted of repeatedly raping 12 year old student, is now suing to get her job back.
Student diversity officer on college campus Tweets hateful violent speech toward white males. Why hasn't she been fired yet?
B.B. King's passing is scrutinized by family with suggestions that the personal assistant may have poisoned him. Uh oh!
Pennysaver shuts down without warning. 100s out of work.
Teen girls who left the country to join ISIS and marry militants are now pregnant and not as enthusiastic about staying over there. In fact, they desperately want to come home. Big surprise... NOT! Jihad is not a game. This is serious business.
Should a dying inmate with 6 months or less to live be released from custody?
We will discuss the case of David Moreno and others with his sister, Lisa Moreno. How do YOU feel about this controversial issue.
And since Compassionate Release is the law in California, why can the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation get it right?