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Judge to Man: You're Still Legally Dead
Ohio man skipped town more than 20 years ago
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2013 4:54 PM CDT
Updated Oct 13, 2013 10:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – Donald Miller remains legally dead, even though he showed up in court and tried to persuade a judge otherwise. As you can guess, there's a long story here: The Ohio man admits to leaving his hometown more than 20 years ago, a jobless alcoholic, and finding work in Atlanta and Florida. Returning to Ohio in 2005, he found himself declared dead. And yesterday a judge said the 61-year-old can't legally be brought back to life—dead is dead, and Miller will have to go on without a Social Security number or driver's license, the Courier reports.

"My client's here on a wing and a prayer today," said Miller's lawyer. But the legal limit for reversing legally dead status is three years. And his ex says he skipped out on $26,000 in overdue child support—which is why she sought the death ruling, to get Social Security death benefits for their two kids. Now she opposes bringing him back to legal life because she can't afford to repay the Social Security benefits. "I don't know where that leaves you," the judge said, "but you're still deceased as far as the law is concerned." Click for the full story.

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Oct 13, 2013 6:47 PM CDT
So if he is dead then he can commit any crime. You can't charge a dead person with a crime so hit a few banks.
Oct 13, 2013 3:10 PM CDT
I thought this sounded like the doings of a wife-a legal way to kill her husband!
Oct 9, 2013 3:31 PM CDT
I've got an answer... Reverse this man's so-called death certificate. Put him on a reasonable monthly payment plan in which he pays back child support directly to the Social Security office that his ex owes. That way he gets his ID and she doesn't have to make back payments on a mistake. Call it a day and move on.