Holy writ! ‘God’ files response to lawsuit

 

Holy writ! ‘God’ files response to lawsuit

Papers, 1 filed by lawyer (the other direct?) argue deity faultless, immune

IMAGE: Court filing

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Douglas County District Court legal file clerk Mark McGuire holds legal papers Friday pertaining to a lawsuit filed against God. This filing, signed "God," argues the defendant is immune from some earthly laws and the court lacks jurisdiction.

Updated: 12:06 a.m. ET Sept 23, 2007

LINCOLN, Neb. – The mystery of one response to a lawsuit against God has been solved. Eric Perkins, an attorney in Corpus Christi, Texas, said Friday he filed a response to the lawsuit from Nebraska State Sen. Ernie Chambers. "It’s kind of a turn on ‘What would Jesus do?’" Perkins said. "I thought to myself, "What would God say?"

"Defendant denies that this or any court has jurisdiction … over Him any more than the court has jurisdiction over the wind or rain, sunlight or darkness," according to Perkins’ response.

As for Chambers’ contention that God made terroristic threats, inspired fear and caused "widespread death, destruction and terrorization," Perkins wrote that God "contends that any harm or injury suffered is a direct and proximate result of mankind ignoring obvious warnings."

Perkins, who said he is a Christian, faxed one of at least two responses to Chambers’ lawsuit. He said while he hopes the lawsuit was just a stunt by Chambers, "maybe his timing has something to do with world affairs. I’d hate to be that person who sat back and did nothing."

The problem of serving God a summons could land the lawsuit in the earthly scrap heap of failed legal actions.

But whether the issue goes before a judge may largely depend on how hard Chambers pushes the issue. The senator isn’t asking that notice be served to God, but says in his lawsuit that if he doesn’t get a summary judgment in the case, he wants a hearing — "if the court deems such a hearing not to be a futile act."

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Chambers, a self-proclaimed agnostic, said he’s trying to make the point that anybody can sue anybody. He said his filing was triggered by a federal lawsuit he considers frivolous.

It’s still not clear where a second response from "God" came from. There was no contact information on the filing, which turned up on the counter at the Douglas County Court office, although St. Michael the Archangel is listed as a witness.

Attempts to reach Chambers by phone were unsuccessful.

© 2007 The Associated Press.

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