A 61-year-old man was legally dead when he walked into a courthouse in Ohio. He walked out of the courthouse just as dead as he was before he walked in.
Eight years after Donald E. Miller disappeared from his home in 1994, a judge ruled he was legally dead,
The same judge ruled last week that Mr. Miller is still dead in the eyes of the law.
The judge said that Mr. Miller's request was denied because it came well after the three-year legal limit for changing a death ruling.
His wife Robin Miller opposed his request for a change in the death ruling, because she does not have the money to repay the Social Security benefits she received all those years.
Miller said he was an alcoholic and was unsure what to do after losing his job. He left the state to avoid paying child support and ended up in Georgia and Florida working at odd jobs.
Miller said he would like to start his life again, or "whatever's left of it."
He asked the court to reverse its 1994 death ruling so he can reinstate his canceled Social Security number and driver's license.
The court said no.