A convicted murderer serving a life sentence goes before a judge to ask for electrolysis treatments as she seeks a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation.

Michelle Kosilek was born as Robert and has been living as a woman in an all-male prison for murdering his wife, Cheryl, in 1990.

Prison officials oppose Kosilek's request for surgery, saying the sex change would pose security problems.

U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled in 2002 that Kosilek was entitled to treatment for gender identity disorder, but stopped short of ordering surgery. Kosilek sued again in 2005.

Kosilek had seven electrolysis treatments, but they were discontinued. Kosilek is due in court Monday to renew the request.