Life in Ohio, a Continuing Series

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There is a well-known third category between "dead" and "alive."

Ohio man long ruled dead appears before judge requesting his status be changed back to "alive." Request denied:

Donald Miller Jr. went to court this week to ask a county judge to reverse a 1994 ruling that declared him legally dead after he had vanished from his home eight years earlier. But the judge turned down his request, citing a three-year time limit for changing a death ruling. ...

"We've got the obvious here. A man sitting in the courtroom, he appears to be in good health," said Davis, who told Miller the three-year limit was clear.

"I don't know where that leaves you, but you're still deceased as far as the law is concerned," the judge said.

Ohio judges may not be familiar with fancy Latin-style terms like "prima facie."