Charlie Buttrey

November 10, 2019

In 2015, Benjamin Schreiber was declared clinically dead but was revived. At the time, Schreiber was serving a life sentence for murder. He figured that his debt to society had been paid; after all, the sentence ended upon his death, right? His jailer, apparently, weren’t convinced, so he took the matter to court.

Unfortunately for Schreiber, the judges weighing his petition weren’t buying the argument, either. After a lower court in Iowa dismissed his petition for post-conviction relief, Schreiber appealed to a three-judge appeals court, where he didn’t have any better luck.

As Judge Amanda Potterfield wrote for the court, “Schreiber is either still alive, in which case he must remain in prison, or he is actually dead, in which case this appeal is moot.”

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