I’m not even sure what to say about this. A man is declared legally dead after disappearing for almost a decade. When he reappears, the man isn’t allowed to be brought back to life in a legal sense. This sounds like an episode of the Twilight Zone. What I’m wondering now, is that since he’s legally dead, does he need to abide by other laws? If he’s not allowed to enjoy the benefits of a living person (in this case collecting social security), how can he be required to abide by the restrictions of society? How can a dead man be convicted of a crime and put in jail? Aside from the absurdities in this case, it also shows how the legal system is often closed to people with limited means. The articles discusses that a federal court case could reverse the ruling, but that the man can’t afford to petition the federal court.
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