New York Trial Court Denies Tommy’s Second Bid For Freedom

On December 23, 2015, New York County Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe declined to issue the order to show cause requested in the Nonhuman Rights Project’s second habeas corpus petition on behalf of Tommy the chimpanzee “to the extent that the courts in the Third Dept. [already] determined the legality of Tommy’s detention, an issue best addressed there, & [where the new petition is] absent any allegation or ground that is sufficiently distinct from those set forth in the first petition.”

The NhRP will continue its fight for Tommy’s personhood and freedom in the intermediate First Department appellate court. You can read the full decision here.

The NhRP then re-filed its second habeas corpus case on behalf of Kiko in Manhattan on January 6, 2016, which was also assigned to Justice Jaffe. The NhRP legal team has closely analyzed Justice Jaffe’s recent decision in Tommy’s case and specifically adjusted its arguments in Kiko’s case to address the concerns the court raised.

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  1. […] New York, NY – On October 28, 2016, the Nonhuman Rights Project filed a new appeal on behalf of Tommy the chimpanzee with the Appellate Division, First Department in Manhattan. The appeal comes from the denial of NhRP’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of Tommy by the New York County Supreme Court on December 23, 2015 (you can read more about that decision here). […]

  2. […] questions the NhRP presented in its Oct. 28, 2016 appeal from a lower court’s Dec. 23, 2015 denial of its petition for a writ of habeas corpus and order to show cause on Tommy’s behalf. Among […]



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