Benjamin Schreiber, who was convicted of murder, “died” in jail in 2015, but was brought back to life. He says that his life sentence was fulfilled by his “death” and that he should be released from jail. He had signed a “do not resuscitate” agreement years earlier and medical staff called his brother in Texas who told them, “If he is in pain, you may give him something to ease the pain, but otherwise you are to let him pass.”
“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,” Judge Amanda Potterfield wrote.
A man who was sentenced to life in prison argued to an appeals court in Iowa that he completed his sentence because he briefly died, and then was resuscitated, at a hospital. He asked the 3-judge panel to let him get on with his life. https://t.co/MnthtCkVjI— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 8, 2019