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NEW YORK, May 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) announced today that the New York Court of Appeals—one of the most influential state courts in the United States—has agreed to hear the habeas corpus case of its elephant client, Happy, an autonomous and cognitively complex nonhuman animal who has been imprisoned at the Bronx Zoo for over four decades. The decision marks the first time in history that the highest court of any English-speaking jurisdiction will hear a habeas corpus case brought on behalf of someone other than a human being.

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BATON ROUGE, La. - The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) reported Monday 769 new COVID-19 cases and 11 new deaths. Confirmed cases stand at 390,012 and 9,469 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A Franklin County judge has dismissed a case that had sought to declare illegal the taxing by cities and villages of people who aren’t currently working or living in those places during the pandemic. The allowance was made as part of a wide-ranging pandemic law approved by the Ohio legislature early last year and signed by Gov. Mike DeWine. During the governor’s emergency ...

In big cities and rural towns across the U.S., police misconduct cases often are handled behind closed doors during private, executive sessions of public meetings. With tight-lipped lawyers and under the shield of “personnel,” many founded complaints of police abuse are inaccessible to the public. It’s time to end that practice. In Chicago, it’s time for the good actors in the Chicago Police ...