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Life Continues After Death December 19, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, People.

An Iowa convict convicted of murder in 1997 and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole filed his third petition for post-conviction relief on his own behalf, without counsel.

He claimed that, during a 2015 hospitalization, he was legally dead for a period of time before he was revived by the doctors’ efforts.

Therefore, he argued, his “death” completed his life sentence, and he should be free to go.

The courts did not buy his argument:

The district court granted the state’s motion to dismiss the petition without an evidentiary hearing, and refused to appoint counsel for him. On appeal, the Court of Appeals of Iowa, in an opinion by Judge Amanda Potterfield, affirmed the lower court’s decision.

She wrote, “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.”  She further noted that since Schreiber had signed the PCR application and his motion for reconsideration, the latter did not seem likely.

Aah . . . poetic justice!

Source: Disciplinary Board, PA Supreme Court, December 2019 Newsletter


1. Tippy Gnu - December 19, 2019

Gotta give him points for trying. I think he should appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. After all, he has nothing to lose.

nrhatch - December 19, 2019

Plus . . . he’s got a lot of TIME on his hands.

joyroses13 - December 20, 2019

I could vsry well see him trying to do that for he obviously has a little trouble in the thinking logically dept! 🙂

Tippy Gnu - December 20, 2019

What do you mean? The guy died. Thus, his life sentence came to an end. He can’t help that he was brought back to life. I think he makes good logical sense.

joyroses13 - December 20, 2019

Oh gosh! Yes, what was I thinking! Perhaps I am the illogical one?

Tippy Gnu - December 20, 2019

Let me put it this way. If you’re ever questioned by a cop, ask for an attorney right away.

joyroses13 - December 20, 2019

Oooh I like your smooth way of saying … ….. No comment! 🙂

2. Kate Crimmins - December 19, 2019

Just crazy!

nrhatch - December 19, 2019

The PA Disciplinary Board Newsletter often shares gems like this!

3. colonialist - December 19, 2019

Certainly a novel grounds for appeal. ‘I already died!’

nrhatch - December 19, 2019

His appeal is dead in the water ~ it didn’t survive judicial review.

4. Jill Weatherholt - December 19, 2019

Welp! 🙂

nrhatch - December 19, 2019

This might be good to share at work . . . for a grand guffaw. 😉

Jill Weatherholt - December 19, 2019

Yeah, no kidding! 🙂

5. anotherday2paradise - December 19, 2019

Good try! A+ for effort. 🤣

nrhatch - December 19, 2019

It reminded me of the pro se briefs I had to wade through from prison inmates with tons of time + the willingness to try novel legal maneuverings. Often with little or no success. 😆

anotherday2paradise - December 19, 2019


6. L. Marie - December 19, 2019

Now that is a wise judge.

nrhatch - December 19, 2019

Her comment made me laugh out loud ~ rational, logical, and funny!

7. joyroses13 - December 19, 2019

This is too funny! Crazy that it is true though, just when you thought you heard it all!

nrhatch - December 19, 2019

Life in the legal arena is not without its laughs!

joyroses13 - December 19, 2019

Its needed amidst all the serious issues one deals with in the legal arena.

nrhatch - December 20, 2019

A sense of humor pays dividends . . . in almost all walks of life. I use mine as a flotation device at least a few times a week.

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