Court: Kansas did not violate transgender inmate's rights

Lower court ruling upheld

July 09, 2018 - 7:38 pm

A federal appeals court says Kansas prison officials aren't deliberately indifferent to a transgender inmate who says his medical treatment is so poor it violates his constitutional rights.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a lower court ruling in favor of prison officials in a dispute with Michelle Renee, (Thomas Preston), Lamb.

Lamb was born male but has identified as female since a young age. He receives hormone treatment, testosterone-blocking medication and weekly counseling sessions in prison. But he wants greater doses of hormones and surgery.

The court noted a prison doctor testified that Lamb's existing treatment had "proven beneficial" and believed surgery was unnecessary. The court argued that even if the doctor were wrong, prison officials couldn't have been deliberately indifferent by following a medical doctor's advice.

Lamb is currently serving three consecutive life sentences for two counts of kidnapping and one count of murder.

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