Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


Transgender inmate’s sex-change surgery must proceed, judge rules

Bob Egelko, The San Francisco Chronicle

A federal judge ordered California prison officials Monday to proceed with sex-reassignment surgery for a transgender inmate who has lived as a woman in a men’s prison for two decades, rejecting the state’s request for a stay while it appeals the precedent-setting order.

The prison system has shown “deliberate indifference” to Michelle-Lael Norsworthy’s medical needs, and she is at risk of serious psychological and physical harm if her surgery is delayed during the state’s appeal, said U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar of San Francisco. Performing the operation would not end the case, Tigar said, because the state could still defend its policy against future sex-reassignment surgeries in the appeals court.


After 13 years on death row, Redding man’s sentence overturned; guilty verdict stays

Denny Walsh, The Sacramento Bee

After nearly 13 years on death row, a Redding man’s sentence was overturned Monday by the California Supreme Court, which ruled that he was improperly barred from calling an expert witness.

The court upheld the 2002 murder conviction of Paul Gordon Smith Jr. but said his death penalty sentence was improper.