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 …

Appellate Court Grants New Hearing in Tommy Chimpanzee Rights Case

The New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Judicial Department has scheduled for oral argument the Nonhuman Rights Project’s appeal on behalf of captive chimpanzee Tommy.

At the hearing—scheduled for the January 2017 Term (exact date TBD)—a panel of five …

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 Court Appeal Filed on Behalf of Tommy in New York

New York, NY – On Oct. 28, 2016, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) filed a new appeal in Tommy’s case with the Appellate Division, First Department in Manhattan. The appeal comes in response to the New York County Supreme Court’s …

Tommy: A Missing “Thing” Who Should be a Missing “Person”

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He didn’t ask for it, but Tommy has been a celebrity for much of his life.

In the 80’s, he starred alongside Matthew Broderick in the film Project X.

Later, he was a well-known circus performer in upstate New York.…

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

Update: Tommy

Photo Credit: Chris Hegedus

Photo Credit: Chris Hegedus

We have just learned that Tommy—one of the four captive chimpanzees on whose behalf we first filed suit in New York State in Dec. 2013—was moved some months ago to a roadside zoo in Michigan.

Our …

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 …

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

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The Nonhuman Rights Project filed a new lawsuit on December 2, 2015 in the New York State Supreme Court, New York County (Manhattan) in which we again demand that Tommy the chimpanzee be released from captivity pursuant to a common …

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 …

The Center for Constitutional Rights Submits Amicus Curiae Letter Brief in Support of the Nonhuman Rights Project

Last week, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)—a leading legal advocacy organization on issues of civil liberties and human rights—submitted a Letter Brief of Amicus Curiae in support of the Nonhuman Rights Project’s Motion for Leave to Appeal to New …

Harvard Law Professor Laurence H. Tribe Submits Amicus Curiae “Letter-Brief” in Support of The Nonhuman Rights Project

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

BREAKING NEWS

Harvard Law Professor Laurence H. Tribe Submits Amicus Curiae “Letter-Brief” in Support of The Nonhuman Rights Project

May 19, 2015, New York, NY—This week noted legal

NhRP Files Motion for Leave to Appeal to Court of Appeals in Tommy’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 Tommy the chimpanzee.

On December 4, 2014, the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, …

In “Tommy” Case, NhRP Seeks Appeal to New York’s Highest Court

Dec. 18, 2014—The Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) has filed a motion for permission to appeal to New York’s highest court: the Court of Appeals.

The grounds for the motion are that the Third Judicial Department made several significant errors of …

NY Lawsuits – Tommy – Court of Appeals – Documents

1. Notice of Motion for Leave to Appeal to the Court of Appeals filed with the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department – Tommy

2. Memorandum of Law in support of Appellant’s Motion for Leave to Appeal to the

Appellate Court Decision in Tommy Case

The New York State Appellate Court, Third Judicial Department, issued its decision this morning, December 5th, 2014, in the case of Tommy the Chimpanzee.

Noting that the Nonhuman Rights Project “requests that this Court enlarge the common-law definition of ‘person’ …

Transcript of the Hearing re. Tommy at the Appellate Court

Here is the transcript of the oral argument on October 8th in the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department in the “Tommy” case.…

Appellate Court Hearing in Tommy Case

Oral argument was heard on October 8th in the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department in the “Tommy” case filed in December 2013 by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) demanding that the court issue a writ of …

Appellate Court Hearing re. Tommy the Chimpanzee

October 8th, 2014: Oral arguments were presented today to the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, Third Department.

Following the hearing, we issued this short preliminary statement:

“The Nonhuman Rights Project is pleased with today’s oral argument, which was presented

Appeals Court Sets Date for First Chimpanzee Lawsuit

Tommy the chimpanzee is headed back to court. He won’t be there in person, but the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) is appealing a December ruling of a lower court that denied him the legal right to “bodily liberty.” (Setting of …

Appellate Court Enters Two Orders re. Tommy Lawsuit

During the week of July 6, 2014, the State of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department entered two orders that favor the Nonhuman Rights Project in Tommy’s case.

Injunction to Prevent Tommy Being Moved Out of State

NY Lawsuits – Tommy’s Appeal Documents

1. Affidavit of service Notice of Motion for Admission pro hac vice of Steven M. Wise, Esq., the proposed Order for Admission pro hac vice of Steven M. Wise, Esq. Pro Hac Vice, the Affidavit of Steven M. Wise, …