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US Judges Hear Virginia Inmate's Sex-change Appeal

by AP posted Oct 24 2012 11:38AM
     RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court is considering whether a lower court should hear a Virginia inmate's request for a sex change.
 
     A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard the case Wednesday of Ophelia De'Lonta, who has been hospitalized in past self-castration attempts.
 
     Attorneys for the convicted bank robber asked the judges to reverse a lower court ruling that dismissed De'Lonta's case.  Arguments focused on narrow constitutional claims. Judges typically rule a month or two after arguments.
 
     De'Lonta's attorneys want her case returned to U.S. District Court so they can argue for a sex change operation.
 
     Attorneys for De'Lonta say a medical professional should decide whether the surgery is appropriate - not a judge or prison officials. 
 
     De'Lonta has received hormone treatments and psychotherapy.
 
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Location : Virginia
People : Ophelia De
10/24/2012 11:37AM
US Judges Hear Virginia Inmate's Sex-change Appeal
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