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Oral Argument in Connecticut Elephant Rights Case

By Lauren Choplin

Following a status conference in Torrington, Connecticut on January 24th, Connecticut Superior Court Judge Dan Shaban has ordered oral argument on a Motion to Rule filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project regarding our Connecticut elephant clients’ second habeas corpus petition (see Beulah, Karen, and Minnie’s¬†court case timeline for details). NhRP President Steven M. Wise will argue for the NhRP. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

WHAT: Oral argument on a Motion to Rule in Beulah, Karen, and Minnie’s second court case
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. ET (oral argument expected to last 15 minutes)
WHERE: Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse at Torrington, 50 Foster Street, 50 Field Street, Torrington, CT
WHY:¬†The NhRP is urging the Court, in accordance with Connecticut habeas corpus procedure, to promptly rule on whether it will issue the NhRP’s requested Writ of Habeas Corpus “so that Beulah, Karen, and Minnie’s ongoing illegal detention may be addressed at last.” Additionally, the NhRP is asking the Court not to stay the case while the NhRP waits for decisions from either the Appellate Court or the Supreme Court on our appeal of Judge James Bentivegna’s 12/27/18 decision on the issue of standing regarding our first habeas corpus petition on behalf of Beulah, Karen, and Minnie (a “stay” order temporarily stops a judicial proceeding).

If you’re in the area, we hope to see you there and/or in Worcester, MA on Feb. 2nd for our Rally to Free the Commerford Elephants!

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