Judge Refuses To Resuscitate Man Declared To Be Dead

I need a break from politics and so I decided to write about this story in the news that I found amusing.

In 1985 a Ohio man, Don Miller disappeared. In 1994, Don’s wife, Ronin, won a case in court to have Don declared dead so that she could collect Social Security benefits. In 2005, Don Miller reappears in Ohio and after being told by his parents that he had been declared dead, he went to court (same judge) to have the ruling of his death reversed so that he could get a new Social Security number  He should have asked President Obama who has Social Security numbers to spare. You see, in Ohio, there is a statute that prevents changes in death rulings once three years have passed. Mr. Miller has to stay dead the judge says”

“In over 40 years, I’ve never come across a case like this,” the judge told CNN. 

“In the end though, because of the statute, it was a pretty open-and-shut case.” 

It turns out that Don Miller was never really dead. He was just a “deadbeat dad” who  at the time he was declared legally dead,  owed his wife over $26,000 in child support.

It’s a good thing that Ohio had that statute on their books. Imagine how much child support Mr. Miller would owe today. And, poor Mrs. Miller might be asked to repay all those Social Security benefits she received. Besides, deadbeat dads should have the decency to stay dead!

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?


11 thoughts on “Judge Refuses To Resuscitate Man Declared To Be Dead

  1. Corpus delecti. The body of the crime.

    Only in the US- could you be declared dead without one scintilla of evidence. That way you could pry open the SS purse of Leviathan for free money.

    That is an interesting story. Just one more fraudulent means of obtaining money, but interesting nonetheless.

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