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Exclusive: Charla Nash’s Lawyer Blames State For Chimp Attack, Seeks $150 Million
CBS New York ^ | April 18, 2012

Posted on 04/19/2012 5:29:17 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - Charla Nash is still recovering from a face transplant and wants to sue the state of Connecticut over the chimpanzee attack that nearly killed her three years ago, WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reports exclusively.

On February 16, 2009, a 200-pound chimpanzee named Travis was freely roaming the grounds of the Stamford home of his owner, and Nash’s friend, Sandra Herold when Nash visited.

The chimp attacked Nash, causing her to lose her ears, eyes, hands, and nose in the aftermath.

Bridgeport attorney Charles Willinger, who represents Nash, exclusively told Schneidau that he believes that the near-fatal mauling could have been avoided.

He said the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection ignored its own regulations regarding private ownership of potentially dangerous animals.

(Excerpt) Read more at newyork.cbslocal.com ...


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1 posted on 04/19/2012 5:29:21 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Looking for deep pockets.


2 posted on 04/19/2012 5:37:58 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Hold on for a tick.

His PAL'S chimp rips his face off and he's suing... not the friend.... but... the STATE.

Why's he gonna face-off against the state?

Oh, wait.

3 posted on 04/19/2012 5:39:21 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: freekitty

Can we make the taxpayers pay up every time someone breaks the law??

Wow.


4 posted on 04/19/2012 5:49:10 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
She was already stupid. Now she's ugly. And soon she'll be rich.

Progressive.

5 posted on 04/19/2012 5:50:53 PM PDT by RetroSexual
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To: Lazamataz

It’s not “ HIS Pal’s face that was ripped off and he’s suing...

It’s way worse than that.

It’s HER face that was ripped off by the chimp her girlfriend was in a relationship with.


6 posted on 04/19/2012 5:54:13 PM PDT by ngat
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To: Free ThinkerNY
He said the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection ignored its own regulations regarding private ownership of potentially dangerous animals.

Interesting, no comment from the state or media about that at all. I don't agree with the lawsuit, but no heads are rolling either.

7 posted on 04/19/2012 5:59:11 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: freekitty
Looking for deep pockets.

Exactly.A few years back there was a nasty fire at a nightclub in Rhode Island in which 100 kids were killed.Neither the band (which was largely at fault...long story) nor the club's owner had much insurance or money so lawyers announced that they were going after SHELL OIL because they were allegedly a sponsor of the band's appearance.

8 posted on 04/19/2012 6:05:57 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Ever notice that in every one of Hollywood’s stupid movies the chimps are the good apes and the gorillas are the villain apes? Like everything else they do, that’s backwards from reality.


9 posted on 04/19/2012 6:09:36 PM PDT by varmintman
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To: RetroSexual
And soon she'll be rich.

Not if *I'm* on the jury.But then I'm not in CT,so....

10 posted on 04/19/2012 6:09:46 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
a 200-pound chimpanzee named Travis was freely roaming the grounds of the Stamford home of his owner, and Nash’s friend, Sandra Herold when Nash visited.

She was friends with this woman for years and knew she had a big and increasingly aggressive and dangerous chimp, yet she chose to continue to visit. And this is the state’s fault how? Correction – how is this the taxpayers fault since they’re the ones who are going to pay.

11 posted on 04/19/2012 6:13:17 PM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: MD Expat in PA
This suit has a shot.

The State knew there was a dangerous animal (by statute) living on the property without a permit, which is required by state law.

12 posted on 04/19/2012 6:18:40 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Evil Monkiez


Travis


13 posted on 04/19/2012 6:19:42 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Did the law suit succeed? Thanks


14 posted on 04/19/2012 6:23:56 PM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: spetznaz
Did the law suit succeed? Thanks

I don't know.After the initial publicity (a month or more) it kind of disappeared from the radar.But given that Rhode Island is just about the most brain dead Marxist state of them all I'll bet it did.

15 posted on 04/19/2012 6:43:22 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: Kenny Bunk
This suit has a shot.

The State knew there was a dangerous animal (by statute) living on the property without a permit, which is required by state law.

OK. So what if I have a friend who is a hoarder like the ones you see on that TV show? The house is in shambles, dirty, rat and roach infested and cluttered to the extent that it’s a fire hazard. Oh and my friend also keeps about 50 feral cats in the house and hasn’t cleaned out her refrigerator in 10 years. My friend is of course in violation of multiple zoning and public health codes, (not to mention the complaints of her neighbors) and has no permit for having that many animals. But the authorities haven’t gotten around to condemning the house and evicting my friend quite yet. Perhaps numerous citations have been issued but it takes time for the authorities under the law to evict the occupant, condemn the house and demolish it.

In the meantime, I decide, of my own accord to visit my friend and stay in her house knowing full well how dangerous and disgusting it is and while I’m there, I’m bitten by a rabid cat, part of the roof collapses and I’m hit on the head by falling debris, then a fire breaks out and I nearly burn to death and I get salmonella from eating rotten food and a bacterial infection because of the filthy conditions.

Is this the State’s fault because they should have condemned the house and committed my friend to the loony bin days, weeks, or months earlier or somehow prevented me from going there; or is it my fault for putting myself in this situation?

16 posted on 04/19/2012 6:57:33 PM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: MD Expat in PA
In the meantime, I decide, of my own accord to visit my friend and stay in her house knowing full well how dangerous and disgusting it is and while I’m there, I’m bitten by a rabid cat, part of the roof collapses and I’m hit on the head by falling debris, then a fire breaks out and I nearly burn to death and I get salmonella from eating rotten food and a bacterial infection because of the filthy conditions.

My only question is this:

After you were bitten by a rabid feral cat, hit on the head by falling debris, and nearly burned to death by a fire that sparked up for no reason.....

.....what on Earth would have possessed you to munch on some salmonella-infested morsel you happened to fall next to??/!?

17 posted on 04/19/2012 7:25:28 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I am an attorney, but this guy and many like him need assistance in assuming room temperature.


18 posted on 04/19/2012 7:34:20 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Lazamataz
My only question is this:

After you were bitten by a rabid feral cat, hit on the head by falling debris, and nearly burned to death by a fire that sparked up for no reason.....

.....what on Earth would have possessed you to munch on some salmonella-infested morsel you happened to fall next to??/!?

LOL!

Well, perhaps (just play along with me here :)) I was trapped for days under the roof debris and the 5 tons of newspapers and People magazines; weak, dizzy and suffering from smoke inhalation and still being cornered and terrorized by that rabid cat. So after the floor gave way and the refrigerator tipped over, the 5 year old bottle of cranberry juice and 10 year old Dannon yogurt that fell next to me was my only hope for survival.

Of course the neighbors dialed 9-11 right after the initial roof collapse and fire but they were way too busy to respond as they were serving a warrant to some crazy woman way across the county with a crazy monkey and some guy living in his mom’s basement full of death head moths and perhaps a rather big girl in a pit with an injured poodle named Precious.

Just saying. : ),

Oh and ETA, the fire didn’t spark for no reason as I failed to mention that my friend was a narcoleptic chain smoker – something else the state was responsible for protecting me from. /s :),

19 posted on 04/19/2012 7:47:16 PM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: Lazamataz
His PAL'S chimp rips his face off and he's suing... not the friend.... but... the STATE.

You can't sue the dead (or can you?)

The friend died a year or so ago.

20 posted on 04/19/2012 7:58:21 PM PDT by PallMal
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To: Gay State Conservative

I think I remember that. I worked for Shell for 12 years.


21 posted on 04/19/2012 8:07:52 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: PallMal
You can't sue the dead (or can you?)

You can sue the dead's estate.

22 posted on 04/19/2012 9:48:44 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Haggai 1, V6.. and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. (My plight))
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Bridgeport attourney Charles Willinger said.......he believes the attack a could have been avoided.

Wow, this guy is just brilliant......

23 posted on 04/19/2012 11:32:59 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Bridgeport attourney Charles Willinger said.......he believes the attack a could have been avoided.

Wow, this guy is just brilliant......

24 posted on 04/19/2012 11:33:18 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: rawcatslyentist

Go to You Tube and type in “Simpsons Hail To The Chimp” LMAO!


25 posted on 04/20/2012 4:50:46 AM PDT by clownlen
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To: rawcatslyentist

Go to You Tube and type in “Simpsons Hail To The Chimp” LMAO!


26 posted on 04/20/2012 4:50:48 AM PDT by clownlen
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