Idaho governor balks after 9th Circuit puts state on hook for convict's gender surgery
Added 08-24-19 06:29:02am EST - “Idaho's Republican governor vowed Friday that his state would not pay for the gender reassignment surgery of a convicted sex-offender after an appeals court ruled the state was responsible for providing the inmate with the $20,000…” - Foxnews.com
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Idaho’s Republican governor vowed Friday that his state would not pay for the gender reassignment surgery of a convicted sex offender after an appeals court ruled the state was responsible for providing the $20,000 to $30,000 procedure.
In its ruling, the court cited the Constitution’s Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment.
Gov. Brad Little, who appealed the initial ruling in December, called the appeals court’s decision ‘extremely disappointing” and said the state would appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, Boise State Public Radio reported.
"We cannot divert critical public dollars away from the higher priorities of keeping the public safe and rehabilitating offenders," Little said in a statement to National Public Radio.
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