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Mass. Prison Officials Appeal Sex-Change Ruling: Officials with the Massachusetts Department of Corrections are appealing a decision that would require them to use taxpayer dollars in order to fund gender-reassignment surgery for a convicted murderer.  The Associated Press reports that a panel of federal judges handed down the decision two weeks ago granting Michelle Kosilek, formerly known as Robert Kosilek, taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery after an appeals court deemed the procedure a medically necessary treatment.  Kosilek, convicted of murdering his spouse in 1990, claims to have gender identity disorder and has been given female hormones, laser hair removal and psychotherapy while incarcerated.

Italian Court Finds Amanda Knox Guilty of Murder for Second Time: An Italian appeals court has overturned Amanda Knox's not guilty verdict, sentencing her to 28 ½ years in prison for the murder of her former roommate, Meredith Kercher.  The Associated Press reports that Knox, who was originally found guilty for the murder in 2009, had her conviction overturned in 2011 and was able to return to the U.S.  Italy's supreme court later vacated that decision and sent the case back for a third trial.  Knox, who has no plans to return to Italy, will appeal her conviction.

Convicted Cop Killer Arrested for Attempted Murder: A Tennessee man who pled guilty to killing a Memphis police officer, and was later freed after a retrial, is back behind bars after being accused of trying to kill again.  Nick Kenney of WMC TV reports that 39-year-old Timothy McKinney, who was originally sentenced to death for the murder of a police officer, had his conviction overturned and pled guilty to second-degree murder in exchange for his release after both of his retrials resulted in  hung juries.  Six months after his release McKinney is back behind bars after police say he entered a convenience store last week and fired several shots, injuring two store employees and leaving an innocent teenager in critical condition.  He is facing several charges including attempted first degree murder. 

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