Life can be tough, especially when a judge says you’re dead in the eyes of the law.
That’s exactly what happened to Ohio resident Donald Eugene Miller Jr. on Monday when a judge upheld a 1994 court ruling declaring the 61-year-old legally dead.
The Courier reports that 19 years ago, a court in Hancock County declared Miller legally dead eight years after he disappeared from his rental home.
As a result, Miller has lost his Social Security number and his driver’s license.
Judge Allan Davis called it a "strange, strange situation," but he also said the court cannot budge in its decision.
"We've got the obvious here,” Davis said. “A man sitting in the courtroom, he appears to be in good health.”
Each state can make its own laws regarding declaring someone legally dead. Most generally rely on a similar set of criteria: that someone is missing and presumed dead if they can't be located for at least seven years, the absence has been continuous and a genuine effort has been made to locateRead More »from Judge tells living man that he’s still legally dead