Kristina Ross Guilty on Battery Charges

Boise Weekly City Desk Jody May-Chang

By Jody May-Chang
Originally published on Apr. 21, 2011

Kristina RossToday Kristina Ross, the woman arrested for practicing medicine without a license after allegedly offering breast exams in two area bars, was sentenced to 360 days in jail with 157 days deducted for time served.

Ross will serve out the balance of 203 days in county jail followed by two years of unsupervised probation. Ross also must abide by two no contact orders with the victims and pay a $1,000 fine, as well as pay court costs and an additional $700 for the reimbursement of the psycho-sexual evaluation she underwent as a part of the plea to reduce the charges from felony practicing medicine without a license to two misdemeanor charges of battery.

Judge John Hawley called Ross a con and said that although the case was presented in the media as titillating and, some thought, humorous, there was nothing funny about the humiliation the victims were made to feel by Ross’ actions.

After a psycho-sexual evaluation, the judge said the therapist who evaluated Ross concluded that her transgender status was not a factor in her crime. However she was found to be bi-polar with a borderline personality disorder and likely to re-offend.

Kristina Ross Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charge in Bar-Breast Exam Case

Boise Weekly City Desk Jody May-Chang

By Jody May-Chang
Originally published on Feb. 10, 2011

Kristina RossThe woman accused of masquerading as a doctor in Treasure Valley bars has agreed to plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of battery. She also agreed to a psychological evaluation.

Kristina Ross was arrested Nov, 17, 2010, for falsely representing herself as a plastic surgeon and performing breast exams on two women in local night clubs. Charged with two felony counts of practicing medicine without a license, Ross faced up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Appearing in court Wednesday for a change of plea, Ross sat quietly while Ada Country Prosecutor Jean Fisher told the court an agreement had been made. Ross will instead plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of battery and agreed to a court ordered psychological evaluation.

With charges dramatically reduced, Ross now faces up to a $2,000 fine and one year in Ada county jail, where she has already spent almost three months in solitary confinement on the women’s side of the jail. Ross is in solitary confinement not because of her crime or her behavior but because she is transgender. Separation in such cases is a common practice in Idaho jails and prisons.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 30, when the results of the psychological evaluation will be taken into consideration. BW’s calls to Ross’ public defender David Simonaitis for comment were not returned.

Payette Transgender Woman Awaits Arson, Weapons Trial in Isolation

Boise Weekly City Desk Jody May-Chang

By Jody May-Chang
Originally published on Dec. 7, 2010

Monday, Dec. 6, Catherine Carlson, 53, was in Payette Country Court for a preliminary hearing after a psychological evaluation earlier this month deemed her competent to stand trial.

After over an hour of testimony by city and county officials and first responders to the July 11 incident where Carlson set fire to her Payette trailer, Judge A. Lynn Krogh, found “probable cause” to proceed with the case. Carlson is scheduled to be arraigned on January 7 where a trial date will likely be set.

Facing up to 40 years in state prison, Carlson said she sees herself a martyr for an issue she has been fighting in Idaho for several years: dignity and respect for transgender citizens.

Carlson is a transgender woman who had a legal name change in California as a prerequisite to sexual reassignment surgery she had 30 years ago.

According to Carlson, the state of Idaho was not aware of her male history until it was revealed in court over a civil matter more than a decade ago by her own mother. Carlson said ever since Idaho has listed her male name as an a.k.a. despite her efforts to have the name removed. Continue reading

Transgender Community: Prosecutor’s Comments Were Out of Line

Boise Weekly City Desk Jody May-Chang

By Jody May-Chang
Originally published on Nov. 23, 2010

Idaho’s transgender community expressed outrage over a prosecutor’s comments in the case of a transgender accused of practicing medicine without a license. The remarks by Ada country prosecutor, Ana Mamani were made Nov. 17 during the arraignment of Kristina Ross.

Kristina Ross

Kristrina Ross (Boise Police Dept. Photo)

Ross, 37, is accused of representing herself as a doctor and performed breast exams on two women in local night clubs.

Ross also happens to be a transgender woman. How her gender identity was portrayed in court, and subsequently by local media, is what has the trans-community upset.

Mamani stated in court, “The most concerning facts here are that the defendant is not a doctor and that the defendant is a male touching a woman’s breast under the guise of being a female.”

“As a lesbian who is legally and physically female, but with a male history, this certainly worries me,” Jennifer Smith told Citydesk. “Given that the charge is practicing medicine without a license, I don’t see how Ms. Ross’s gender has any bearing. The issue is whether her actions constituted practicing medicine.”

Smith adds, “Since many of us conduct regular breast exams on ourselves without our physicians considering us to be unqualified to do so, the charge seems a bit of a stretch.

Transgender educator and human rights activist, Emilie Jackson-Edney said, “The manner in which [Mamani] made that statement was like looking me straight in the face, calling me an impostor, and saying, ‘You sick pervert!’ Kristina Ross identifies as a woman. She isn’t pretending to be a woman.” Continue reading