HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A legislative committee has ruled against allowing Connecticut chimpanzee attack victim Charla Nash to sue the state and seek financial damages.
The Judiciary Committee voted 35-3 on Wednesday to uphold last year’s decision by state Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr., who denied Nash’s request to sue the state for $150 million. The state is generally immune from lawsuits unless allowed by the commissioner.
“This process isn’t fair,” Nash said in a written statement. “I wanted a chance to be able to pay my medical bills and get assistance I need to live as normal of a life as possible.”