The Tim Conway Jr. show will give you a heads up everytime there's a high-speed (or low-speed) chase in the Southland.
Just text the word 'Chase' to the number 640640.
Conway and company will send you a text message with exactly where the chase is happening and where to catch it live. Sign up now!
BOSTON (AP) — A convicted murderer in Massachusetts who won the right to get a state-funded sex change is also eligible to have legal fees — expected to top $500,000 — paid as well, a federal judge ruled.
In a landmark decision, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf earlier this month ordered the state Department of Correction to provide sex-reassignment surgery to Michelle Kosilek. Wolf found that prison officials had violated Kosilek’s Eighth Amendment right to protection against cruel and unusual punishment, and that the surgery is the ‘‘only adequate treatment’’ for Kosilek’s gender-identity disorder.
Wolf has now found that Kosilek is also entitled to legal fees.
‘‘Kosilek has prevailed on his claim that the defendant has violated his Eighth Amendment rights and is continuing to do so. Therefore, he is eligible to be awarded his reasonable attorney’s fees and costs,’’ Wolf wrote in an order entered in court Sunday.
Wolf’s ruling does not say how much in legal costs Kosilek is eligible for; the case dates back years and the amount is ‘‘likely to be large,’’ Wolf wrote.
Kosilek’s attorney, Frances Cohen, said she has not yet done a final calculation or submitted a request for fees, but she estimates that attorneys’ fees will be comparable to the approximately $500,000 sought in the case of another transgender inmate who also sued the Department of Correction for treatment of gender-identity disorder
Cohen said she and another lawyer who worked on Kosilek’s case have offered to forego their fees if the Department of Correction agrees not to appeal Wolf’s ruling. The lawyers would still seek reimbursement for an undetermined amount paid in out-of-pocket expenses, including the fees paid to their experts.
‘‘The judge has discretion to make an award on the basis of a fee application. This has been a hard litigated case, and the law firms ... have spent a lot of time on the case,’’ she said.
‘‘The firms have offered to waive their fees in exchange for Miss Kosilek getting court-ordered relief without further appeal,’’ Cohen said Monday.
Read more here.