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Inmate who won order for sex reassignment surgery recommended for parole
Inmate who won order for sex reassignment surgery recommended for parole

A prison board Thursday approved parole for an inmate who recently won a federal court order for state-paid gender reassignment surgery, even as a federal appeals court issued its own order postponing the operation. Michelle Lael-Norsworthy, 51, was convicted of second-degree murder in 1987 and is serving a sentence of life with possibility of parole at Mule Creek State Prison for men. Born Jeffrey Bryan Norsworthy, she has undergone hormone therapy for 15 years to the extent, her lawyers argue, of damaging her liver and risking other medical complications. In April, a federal judge in San Francisco ordered the corrections department to provide Norsworthy with a sex change, contending...

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