Posted: 9:13 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
By Rick Couri
Donald Miller looked alive as he stood before the judge.
Not because he was in trouble but because he’s trying to prove he wasn’t dead.
"We've got the obvious here. A man sitting in the courtroom, he appears to be in good health," Judge Allan Davis said.
But Miller is still dead in the eyes of the law and that means he can’t get a social security card, drivers license or anything else government issued.
Here’s the background.
Miller had an alcohol problem and couldn’t find a job so he disappeared from his Ohio home in 1986 owing more than $26,000 in child support.
His wife wanted him declared legally dead so she could collect Social Security benefits for their kids and a judge obliged her in 1994.
Miller told the judge he’d like to restart his life "whatever's left of it," and move forward.
If that decision was made Miller’s former wife would have to pay back all that Social Security money so you can guess where she comes down on the issue.
The Courier.com reports Judge Davis pointed out the limit for being declared alive again is three years saying "I don't know where that leaves you, but you're still deceased as far as the law is concerned."
Davis called it a "strange, strange situation."