Connecticut chimp victim seeks OK to sue

Hartford (AP) — The woman mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009 is making a last-ditch appeal to Connecticut lawmakers in her bid to sue the state for $150 million.

Charla Nash contends the state had the authority and obligation to seize the dangerous animal. But a state commissioner last year dismissed Nash's request for permission to sue the state government.

A public hearing is scheduled Friday for a bill that would override the claims commissioner's decision.

Nash is making her plea to "have my day in court" on a video that is being sent to members of the legislature's Judiciary Committee. The Associated Press viewed a copy of it. In it, she says, "I feel like I'm locked up."

Nash was blinded, lost both hands and underwent a face transplant following the attack in Stamford.

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