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Not all legal zombies are equal

Many jurisdictions lag behind Britain when it comes to allowing civil dead to come back to life, says Richard Easton

12 November 2013

Many jurisdictions lag behind Britain when it comes to allowing civil dead to come back to life, says Richard Easton

On 7 October, Donald Miller walked into the probate court of Hancock County, Ohio, a living man and walked out a dead man.

Miller was declared dead in 1994 after he vanished in 1986, leaving his wife and two children with nothing but his debts. He resurfaced in 2005 when he applied for a driving licence. But last month Judge Allan Davis found Miller still to be 'dead' because Ohio law bars the revocation of declarations of presumed death if more than three years have passed since the order was made. "I don't know where that leaves you," said Judge Davis to Miller, "but you're still deceased as far as the law is concerned."

Civil death

Is this the emergence of zombie law? Or does legal death during natural life ...

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