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NYC judge hears arguments on the rights of 2 chimpanzees
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NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City judge has heard arguments over the rights of two chimpanzees that advocates hope to free from a state university where they're kept.

Manhattan Supreme Court judge Barbara Jaffe didn't make a ruling Wednesday on Leo and Hercules' fate. But she did entertain nearly two hours of exchanges between a lawyer for the Nonhuman Rights Project and an assistant state attorney general.

Much of the hearing centered on the interpretation of centuries-old legal principles. The chimps didn't attend.

A lawyer hoping to free the chimps said they're "autonomous and self-determining beings," should be granted a writ of habeas corpus and be moved from Stony Brook University to a sanctuary in Florida.

A government lawyer said the case should be dismissed because, among other arguments, the venue isn't proper.