Update On Tony’s Legal Battle – Courtesy Mary Haik   Leave a comment

Thank you to Mary Haik for her dedication to Tony and providing this important information.

Here is a brief summary {courtesy of Mary}  of what has occurred so far:

On May 6, 2011 Judge R. Michael Caldwell granted a permanent injunction which blocks The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries from issuing a new permit to Tony’s owner Michael Sandlin. http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1700

In May 2011, Michael Sandlin’s attorney filed a Petition In Intervention, against the judge’s ruling on May 6, 2011, claiming that the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s ( ALDF ) suit against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries ( LDWF ):

Allowed plaintiffs to present evidence and arguments against the owner of the property without his being a party to the suit which violated his state and federal rights to due process;

  • Prevented Mr. Sandlin from requesting a change in the regulations;

Did not allow the LDWF to change their regulations;

Should not have occurred without his inclusion, and thus Mr. Sandlin claim’s he is entitled to a new trial.

This Petition In Intervention was DENIED May 24, 2011.

In June 2011, Mr. Sandlin’s attorney filed an Amended Petition In Intervention And Motion For A New Trial to try to fight the judge’s ruling in May 2011, which prevents LDWF from issuing or renewing Tony’s permit.

This Petition In Intervention was also DENIED June 2011

Also in June 2011, Mr. Sandlin’s attorney filed a Motion and Order For Suspensive Appeal regarding the denied Petition to Intervene.

(NOTEApparently, the Appeal has been granted but no date has been set. Paperwork regarding this appeal was unobtainable – information was provided by one of the employees in the Appeals Office at the new Courthouse in Baton Rouge.)

In June 2011, ALDF and other plaintiffs’ lawyers filed an Opposition To Motion And Order For Suspensive Appeal but a response (denial) to that motion could not be found so its outcome is uncertain.

Yesterday, August 2, 2011, after a status conference, a new date was set for the Mandatory Injunction, September 15, 2011 at 9:00 am.  This hearing is to argue for Tony’s release before December 2011.

If and when any other information becomes available, it will be posted. Once again thanks to Mary for her persistence in obtaining this information. We can continue to support Tony by signing his petitions, voicing our concern for him and keeping this beautiful tiger’s story networked.  Info at: https://freetonythetiger.wordpress.com/2011/06/18/your-continued-support-for-tony-is-needed/

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Posted August 3, 2011 by Free Tony The Tiger in Uncategorized

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