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NhRP Re-Files Habeas Corpus Case on Behalf of Kiko in New York

The Nonhuman Rights Project filed a lawsuit on January 7, 2016 in the New York State Supreme Court, New York County (Manhattan) in which we again demanded that Kiko the chimpanzee be released from captivity pursuant to a common law writ of habeas corpus. The case is captioned Nonhuman Rights Project, on behalf of Kiko v. Presti, et al., (150149/2016).

You can read our press release here.

For more information, please email us at media@nonhumanrights.org.

Below are the documents we have filed with the court to date, including motions, memoranda of law, exhibits, and affidavits from the world’s leading primatologists, including NhRP board member Dr. Jane Goodall:

Order to Show Cause and Writ of Habeas Corpus

Verified Petition Table of Contents

Verified Petition dated January 6, 2016

Exhibits Annexed to the Verified Petition dated January 6, 2016

  1. Transcript of Oral Argument before Hon. Richard Boniello III, dated December 9, 2013
  2. Order of Niagara County Supreme Court Denying Relief, dated December 10, 2013
  3. Appellate Division, Third Department Order dated March 20,2015 Denying Motion for Leave to Appeal
  4. Court of Appeals Order dated September 1, 2015 Denying Motion for Leave to Appeal
  5. Order of Suffolk County Supreme Court, dated December 5, 2013 Denying Relief in Hercules and Leo
  6. Appellate Division, Second Department Order dated April 3, 2014 Dismissing Appeal
  7. Order of New York County Supreme Court Denying Relief in Tommy’s Case, dated December 23, 2015
  8. Letter Brief of Amicus Curiae Laurence H. Tribe dated May 8, 2015 In Support of Motion for Leave to Appeal to the Court of Appeals
  9. Letter Brief of Amicus Curiae Justin Marceau dated April 14, 2015 In Support of Motion for Leave to Appeal to the Court of Appeals
  10. The Nonhuman Rights Project, Inc. Trust for Tommy, Kiko, Hercules, and Leo dated November 15, 2013

Affidavits Annexed to the Verified Petition dated January 6, 2016

Affidavit of Molly Polidoroff sworn to December 5, 2014

Exhibit A: Photographs of “STC” Sanctuary

Exhibit B: Standards for Great Ape Sanctuaries

Affidavit of Steven M. Wise sworn to January 21, 2015

Exhibit A: Announcement of Agency Decision: Recommendations on the Use of Chimpanzees in NIH-Supports Research” dated June 26, 2013

Exhibit B: Portuguese Decision dated September 28, 2005 In favor of Suica, a Chimpanzee

Exhibit C: English Translation of Decision dated September 28, 2005 In favor of Suica, a Chimpanzee

Exhibit D: Excerpts from brief

Exhibit E: Excerpts of Oral Argument of Steven M. Wise

Exhibit F: Excerpts of Memorandum of Law

Exhibit F, con’t: Verified Petition dated December 2, 2013

Affidavit of James R. Anderson sworn to November 20, 2013

Affidavit of Christophe Boesch sworn to November 19, 2013

Affidavit of Jennifer M.B. Fugate sworn to November 22, 2013

Affidavit of Mary Lee Jensvold sworn to November 21, 2013

Affidavit of James King sworn to November 21, 2013

Affidavit of Tetsuro Matsuzawa sworn to July 7, 2014

Affidavit of William C. McGrew sworn to November 21, 2013

Affidavit of Mathias Osvath sworn to November 19, 2013

Affidavit of Emily Sue Savage-Rumbaugh sworn to November 22, 2013

Original Affidavits Annexed to the Verified Petition dated January 6, 2016

Supplement Affidavit of James R. Anderson sworn to November 18, 2015

Supplemental Affidavit of Christophe Boesch sworn to November 14, 2015

Affidavit of Jane Goodall sworn to September 21, 2015

Supplemental Affidavit of Mary Lee Jensvold sworn to September 29, 2015

Supplemental Affidavit of William C. McGrew sworn to October 9, 2015

Supplemental Affidavit of Emily Sue Savage-Rumbaugh sworn to December 1, 2015

Motion to Admit Steven M. Wise Pro Hac Vice

Notice of motion

Affirmation of Elizabeth Stein

Proposed Order

Affidavit of Steven M. Wise

Certificate of Good Standing

Request for Judicial Intervention

Memorandum of Law, dated January 6, 2016

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7 Responses to “NhRP Re-Files Habeas Corpus Case on Behalf of Kiko in New York”
  1. TERRY COWGER says:

    let the poor Chimp go to a Sanctuary

  2. Freida Woods says:

    Don’t you think it is about time that the chimp be released. I do believe he has suffered enough. Time to let him live out the rest of his life in peace. Thank you!

  3. Lisa says:

    Thank you

  4. Barbara Vondracek says:

    ABSOLUTELY Kiko should have sanctuary.. so very wonderful that you are working for this. Forgive my ignorance for not knowing about this sooner.

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