Oral Argument Scheduled in Tommy’s and Kiko’s Cases

Good news! The New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Judicial Department has finally scheduled oral argument in Tommy’s and Kiko’s cases. We look forward to advocating for our chimpanzee clients’ fundamental right to bodily liberty on March 16 at …

Nonhuman Rights Project Requests Leave to File Reply to “Friend of the Court” Brief Submitted by Richard L. Cupp

On Dec. 7, 2016, the Nonhuman Rights Project requested leave to file a reply to an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief filed Nov. 29 by Richard L. Cupp, Jr. with the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, …

Habeas Corpus Scholars Justin Marceau and Samuel R. Wiseman Request Leave to File “Friends of the Court” Briefs in Support of the Nonhuman Rights Project

On Dec. 5, 2016, Justin Marceau (Professor Of Constitutional and Criminal Law at University Of Denver Sturm College Of Law) and Samuel R. Wiseman (Professor of Constitutional and Criminal Law at Florida State University College Of Law) requested leave to …

Legal Scholar Laurence H. Tribe Requests Leave to File “Friend of the Court” Briefs in Support of the Nonhuman Rights Project

On Dec. 7, 2016, Laurence H. Tribe (Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professional of Constitutional Law at Harvard University) requested leave to file two amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs in support of the Nonhuman Rights Project. One …

Nonhuman Rights Project Wins Absolute Right To Appeal In Chimpanzee Kiko’s Case

-Hearing scheduled for February 2017 in Manhattan, NY-

The New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Judicial Department has affirmed the Nonhuman Rights Project’s absolute right to appeal from a lower court’s Jan. 29, 2016 refusal to issue a writ …

Nonhuman Rights Project Expands Mission and Work Beyond the Courtroom

The Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) issued the following media alert today:

NONHUMAN RIGHTS PROJECT EXPANDS MISSION AND WORK BEYOND THE COURTROOM

-As chimpanzee cases enter their latest phase and preparation for first elephant lawsuit nears completion, new NhRP staff are

New Petition Filed on Behalf of Kiko in New York

New York, NY On Nov. 1, 2016, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) filed a petition for a writ of mandamus in New York’s First Department appellate court, seeking to compel a judge of that court to grant Kiko his …

Interview with Kevin Schneider re: Tommy, Kiko, Hercules & Leo

In the last month we’ve posted a number of important updates regarding our lawsuits and advocacy on behalf of captive chimpanzees Tommy, Kiko, Hercules, and Leo. I talked to NhRP Executive Director Kevin Schneider to find out more about what’s

Documents Filed in Kiko’s Appeal

Kiko Appeal Filed Manhattan

On May 17, the Nonhuman Rights Project filed its appeal in Kiko’s case in New York’s First Appellate Division in Manhattan.

Before filing the appeal, the NhRP twice moved the court to allow us to file an oversized brief; our …

New York Supreme Court Judge Denies Kiko’s Second Habeas Corpus Bid

Kiko Chain and Padlock

You may recall that, on July 29, 2015, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe refused to discharge Hercules and Leo after issuing an Order to Show Cause. While Justice Jaffe agreed with much of the NhRP’s argument, she stated she …

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

Kiko Chain and Padlock
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 …

Statement Re: NY Court of Appeals Decision to Deny Motion for Leave to Appeal in Tommy’s and Kiko’s Cases

Statement by Nonhuman Rights Project President Steven M. Wise regarding the New York State Court of Appeals decision to deny its motion for leave to appeal in both Tommy’s and Kiko’s cases

“While disappointed in the Court of Appeals’ decision …

NhRP Files Motion for Leave to Appeal to Court of Appeals in Kiko’s Case

The Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) has filed a Motion for Leave to Appeal to the Court of Appeals directly with the Court of Appeals in the case of Kiko the chimpanzee.

On January 2, 2015, the  intermediate appellate court hearing …

Transcript of the Hearing re. Kiko at the Appellate Court

Here is the transcript from the Dec. 2, 2014 oral argument in Kiko’s case in the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department.…

Appellate Decision in the Case of Kiko

The Nonhuman Rights Project issued the following press release this afternoon:

Appellate Decision Handed Down in the Case of Kiko the Chimpanzee

January 2nd, 2015: The New York State Appellate Court, Fourth Judicial Department, issued its decision this afternoon, January

Update on Oral Arguments in the Appeal of Kiko the Chimpanzee

The hearing was held this afternoon, December 2nd 2014, at the Supreme Court of the State of New York Appellate Division Fourth Judicial Department in Rochester, NY, before the following justices: Hon. Nancy E. Smith, Hon. Erin M. Peradotto, Hon. …

NY Lawsuits – Kiko’s Appeal Documents

1a & 1b. Fourth Department Record on Appeal.
1a. Fourth Dept Record on Appeal – Kiko.pdf
1b. Fourth Dept Record on Appeal – Kiko-2.pdf

2. Original order to settle record, notice of motion to settle record, notice of appeal, and …

NY Lawsuits – Kiko’s Appeal Documents

1a & 1b. Fourth Department Record on Appeal.
1a. Fourth Dept Record on Appeal – Kiko.pdf
1b. Fourth Dept Record on Appeal – Kiko-2.pdf

2. Original order to settle record, notice of motion to settle record, notice of appeal, and …

Update on Appeals for Tommy, Kiko, Hercules and Leo

This week marks six months since the Nonhuman Rights Project filed its first near-identical lawsuits in three New York State Supreme Courts. [Note: In New York State, the supreme courts are the lower, or trial, courts.]

In each case, we …

Update on Appeals in NY State Chimpanzee Lawsuits

In January, the Nonhuman Rights Project filed notices of appeal in each of our three cases on behalf of chimpanzees in New York State. We filed them in three separate appellate courts according to where the original lawsuits were filed. …

Notices of Appeal in New York State Petitions

January 10th, 2014: The Nonhuman Rights Project today filed Notices of Appeal in the cases of Tommy (NY State Third Judicial Department), Kiko (Fourth Judicial Department), and Hercules and Leo (Second Judicial Department).

Each lawsuit involves a separate appeal, and …

Transcript of the Hearing re Kiko

The court hearing in the County of Niagara, NY, in the case of Kiko the chimpanzee was held on December 9th, 2013, by telephone.

A pdf copy of the transcript is available here.…

Press Release on NY Judges’ Decisions

NONHUMAN RIGHTS PROJECT ADVANCES TO NEW YORK APPELLATE COURTS IN THREE CHIMPANZEE RIGHTS CASES

– As Expected, Lower Courts Deny Writ of Habeas Corpus; Judges Provide Encouragement –

(Note: a pdf copy of this press release is available here.)…

New York Cases – Judges’ Decisions and Next Steps

Tuesday Dec. 10th: Yesterday, we completed the first round of court proceedings on behalf of the four chimpanzees in New York State – Tommy, Kiko, Hercules and Leo – whom we’re seeking to have released to sanctuaries.

There are three …

Legal Documents re. Kiko the Chimpanzee

The petition regarding Kiko was filed in New York State Tuesday December 3rd. The press release is available as a pdf here. The court filings are as follows:…