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October 17, 2008

Judge says Nebraska senator cannot sue God

Friday, October 17, 2008

Creation of the Sun and Moon by Michelangelo, face detail of God.

Creation of the Sun and Moon by Michelangelo, face detail of God.

A judge in Nebraska has dismissed a lawsuit that was filed against ‘God‘ saying that no address can be located to serve the higher power the court papers.

“Given that this court finds that there can never be service effectuated on the named defendant this action will be dismissed with prejudice,” said Judge Marlon Polk.

Senator Chambers. Image: State of Nebraska.

Senator Chambers.
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In 2007, Nebraska state Senator Ernie Chambers, who represents legislative District 11 in North Omaha, filed the lawsuit on Friday September 18. According to court documents obtained by Wikinews, Chambers has decided to sue God, looking for a judge to issue a “permanent injunction” against the highest power.

Chambers said in his suit that God has spread fear across the globe causing “widespread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth’s inhabitants. [God also caused] fearsome floods, horrendous hurricanes, earthquakes, plagues, famine, genocidal wars, birth defects, terrifying tornadoes and the like” and he wants the courts to order God “to cease certain harmful activities and the making of terroristic threats.”

Chambers is examining Polk’s ruling and has not yet decided if he will file an appeal. Chambers says that “God knows everything” therefore is well aware of the lawsuit that was filed against the higher power. Chambers also states that the court acknowledged his existence which “is a recognition of God’s omniscience.”

“The court itself acknowledges the existence of God. Since God knows everything, God has notice of this lawsuit,” said Chambers.

If Chambers decides to appeal the decision, he must do so within 30 days of the Judge’s ruling.

The suit was an apparent retaliation for a recent ruling where the words ‘rape’ and ‘victim’ were banned from a recent criminal case involving a sexual assault incident. The woman who was assaulted, Tory Bowen, filed a lawsuit against Jeffrey Cheuvront, a district judge in the city of Lancaster when he banned the use of those words in her criminal case. Chambers says that her lawsuit is “frivolous” and he filed his suit to show people that “anybody can sue anybody.”

“This lawsuit having been filed and being of such questionable merit creates a circumstance where my lawsuit is appropriately filed. People might call it frivolous but if they read it they’ll see there are very serious issues I have raised,” stated Chambers in 2007.


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  • Catherine Elsworth “You cannot sue God… he has no known address”. Telegraph.co.uk, October 17, 2008
  • “Legal case against God dismissed”. BBC News Online, October 17, 2008
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Judge in Nebraska says, thou shalt not sue God

Filed under: Crime and law,Nebraska,Religion,United States,Wackynews,World — admin @ 5:00 am

Friday, October 17, 2008

Creation of the Sun and Moon by Michelangelo, face detail of God.

Creation of the Sun and Moon by Michelangelo, face detail of God.

A judge in Nebraska has dismissed a lawsuit that was filed against ‘God‘ saying that no address can be located to serve the higher power the court papers.

“Given that this court finds that there can never be service effectuated on the named defendant this action will be dismissed with prejudice,” said Judge Marlon Polk.

Senator Chambers. Image: State of Nebraska.

Senator Chambers.
Image: State of Nebraska.

In 2007, Nebraska state Senator Ernie Chambers, who represents legislative District 11 in North Omaha, filed the lawsuit on Friday September 18. According to court documents obtained by Wikinews, Chambers had decided to sue God, looking for a judge to issue a “permanent injunction” against the highest power.

Chambers said in his suit that God has spread fear across the globe causing “widespread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth’s inhabitants. [God also caused] fearsome floods, horrendous hurricanes, earthquakes, plagues, famine, genocidal wars, birth defects, terrifying tornadoes and the like”, and he wants the courts to order God “to cease certain harmful activities and the making of terroristic threats.”

Chambers is examining Polk’s ruling and has not yet decided if he will file an appeal. Chambers says that “God knows everything”, and therefore is well aware of the lawsuit that was filed against the higher power. Chambers also states that the court acknowledged his existence which “is a recognition of God’s omniscience.”

“The court itself acknowledges the existence of God. Since God knows everything, God has notice of this lawsuit,” said Chambers.

If Chambers decides to appeal the decision, he must do so within 30 days of the Judge’s ruling.

The suit was an apparent retaliation for a 2007 ruling where the words ‘rape’ and ‘victim’ were banned from a criminal case involving a sexual assault incident. The woman who was assaulted, Tory Bowen, filed a lawsuit against Jeffrey Cheuvront, a district judge in the city of Lancaster when he banned the use of those words in her criminal case. Chambers says that her lawsuit is “frivolous” and he filed his suit to show people that “anybody can sue anybody.”

“This lawsuit having been filed and being of such questionable merit creates a circumstance where my lawsuit is appropriately filed. People might call it frivolous but if they read it they’ll see there are very serious issues I have raised,” stated Chambers in 2007.


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  • Catherine Elsworth “You cannot sue God… he has no known address”. The Daily Telegraph, October 17, 2008
  • “Legal case against God dismissed”. BBC News Online, October 17, 2008
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September 25, 2008

Nine children abandoned at hospital emergency room in Nebraska, USA

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Nine children abandoned at hospital emergency room in Nebraska, USA

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A man has abandoned his nine children at a hospital emergency room in Nebraska, but will not be prosecuted under Nebraska state law.

The children, whose ages range from 1 to 17 years old, were dropped off by their unnamed father at Saint Joseph Hospital at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha on Wednesday evening. Authorities are still trying to find the children’s mother.

According to Nebraska’s ‘safe haven law’, the parents or caretaker of any children aged 17 and under are allowed to abandon them at any facility that has a valid license with the state. As a result, the parents would not be prosecuted for doing so. Originally the law was to prevent infants from being abandoned, but was recently amended to include toddlers and teenagers.

Since the law was changed, at least 14 children have been abandoned at hospitals and police stations in Nebraska. State law says that all facilities must keep a monthly count of all abandoned children.



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April 15, 2008

MLB: Joba Chamberlain leaves Yankees to be with ill father

MLB: Joba Chamberlain leaves Yankees to be with ill father

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

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American Major League Baseball relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain of the New York Yankees returned a call to his sister after an 8-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox Sunday night. After speaking with his sister who was in Lincoln, Nebraska, he was in tears and being consoled by manager Joe Girardi.

Joba’s father, Harlan Chamberlain, 55, collapsed at his home in Lincoln, and is currently at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center. Although the exact nature of his collapse is unknown, Harlan, a full-blooded Winnebago Native American, has struggled with post-polio syndrome since childhood. He has been known to be in declining health in recent years.

Still, Harlan was in attendance at Yankee Stadium during the team’s Opening Day series this year. He also drove down to Kansas City, only three hours away from Lincoln, when the Yankees visited the Kansas City Royals. He made the same trips last year when Joba made his much-anticipated Major League debut.

When asked about the situation, Girardi only said, “Personal stuff stays in [the clubhouse].”

Joba has been granted leave from the team to be with his father, and will not be with the Yankees at least during their two-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.



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February 10, 2008

Barack Obama sweeps three state Democratic contests

Barack Obama sweeps three state Democratic contests

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

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Barack Obama, the junior senator from Illinois and 2008 US presidential candidate has swept all three of today’s Democratic contests, two caucuses in Nebraska and Washington and the primary in Louisiana. Obama also won the tiny United States territory of the United States Virgin Islands.

Obama won nearly 30% more over opponent Hillary Clinton in the Nebraska caucuses. Obama also had a major lead over Clinton in the Washington caucuses by a 2-1 margin. Commentators have noted that Obama seems to perform well in caucus states.

Louisiana’s Democratic primary was also won by Obama in a large margin, winning nearly 53% of the vote over Clinton’s 39%. The state, which is still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina three years later could play a large role in the election this year.

Despite these wins it is still a close and race between the two Democratic candidates, with Obama showing a lead in pledged delegates, and Hillary Clinton showing a narrow lead when super delegates are taken into account. Each candidate needs to win the support of 2,025 delegates to secure the nomination.

After the voting and caucusing ended yesterday both candidates gave a speech at the Democratic Party’s Jefferson and Jackson Dinner in Virginia- Clinton giving her standard stump speech and refusing to talk about what had happened during the day; Obama repeating many of the things he had said earlier in his “Yes We Can” speech, this time with detailed policy proposals as well as “hope-mongering”.

The two candidates were in Maine today doing last minute campaigning before tomorrow’s Democratic caucuses there and are also preparing for the “Potomac primary” which will involve the nation’s capital of Washington, D.C. and the bordering states of Maryland and Virginia to be held on February 12.



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December 21, 2007

Lakota activists declare secession from US

Lakota activists declare secession from US

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Cquote1.svg We are no longer citizens of the United States of America and all those who live in the five-state area that encompasses our country are free to join us. Cquote2.svg

—Lakota activist Russell Means

A delegation claiming to represent the Lakota Indian Tribe, an Indian nation within United States borders, have signed a document stating that the tribe withdraws and or cancels all treaties with the U.S. and formally establishes independence from the country. The letter was hand delivered by activists for the tribe to Deputy to the Public Liaison at the State Department, Daniel Turner.

“We are no longer citizens of the United States of America and all those who live in the five-state area that encompasses our country are free to join us. This is according to the laws of the United States, specifically article six of the constitution. It is also within the laws on treaties passed at the Vienna Convention and put into effect by the US and the rest of the international community in 1980. We are legally within our rights to be free and independent,” said Russell Means, an activist for Native American rights to reporters at a press conference on Wednesday in Washington, D.C..

“Today is a historic day and our forefathers speak through us. Our Forefathers made the treaties in good faith with the sacred Canupa and with the knowledge of the Great Spirit. They never honored the treaties, that’s the reason we are here today,” said Garry Rowland who is also known as Wounded Knee.

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The delegation wrote a formal letter to the Department of State which was hand-delivered by activists of the tribe announcing their secession. So far, the U.S. has not issued a public response regarding their decision. Wikinews attempted to contact the State Department, but in an e-mail Director of the Office of Media Affairs Kirsten Petree stated that “this is not an issue for the State Department” and referred us to the Department of the Interior.

Under the declaration, the tribe, which consists of people from Nebraska, North Dakota, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming, would create and issue its own driver’s licenses and passports. According to a report by Agence France-Presse, all residents who currently live within Lakota borders can continue to reside there without paying taxes, as long as they renounce their U.S. citizenship.

The attempt to gain independence began in 1974 when activists wrote up a draft declaration of independence, which was modeled after the 1776 Declaration of Independence that the U.S. signed in declaring freedom from England.

Many of the treaties the tribe signed with the U.S. are over 150 years old.

“We have 33 treaties with the United States that they have not lived by. They continue to take our land, our water, our children,” said activist Phyllis Young, who was one of the individuals who helped to organize a 1977 conference in Geneva on “indigenous rights.”

The other members of the activist delegation were Duane Martin Sr., Gary Rowland and Phyllis Young. Duane Martin Sr. is a leader of a group called the Strong Heart Society. Gary Rowland is a leader of a group called the Big Foot Riders. Phyllis Young is the founder of a group called Women of All Red Nations.

Means’ group is based in Porcupine, South Dakota on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Means’ group is not an agency or branch of any Lakota tribe, although he ran unsuccessfully for president of the Oglala Sioux tribe in 2006.



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December 5, 2007

Nine killed in Omaha, Nebraska mall shooting

Nine killed in Omaha, Nebraska mall shooting

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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Von Maur entrance of the Westroads Mall.

A boy with a rifle opened fire at a busy department store at the Westroads Mall in Omaha, Nebraska Wednesday, killing at least 8 people and injuring five, before taking his own life. The massacre started just before 2 p.m. CST (UTC-6). Three of the wounded are in critical condition.

The complex was immediately locked down with people only permitted to leave the immediate mall area, however some people remained in stores and cupboards to avoid the shootings. Police and SWAT teams arrived on the scene within 6 minutes and proceeded into the complex to find the suspect who was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The shooter is male, and has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said an Omaha Police spokesman during a live press conference. Reports also suggest that the suspect was tall and was found on the third floor, though reports conflict as to his exact location. He was thought to be located in the customer service area of the store. Reports later confirmed that almost all if not all of the shootings occurred within the store.

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Reports say that the alleged gunman was 19-year-old Robert A. Hawkins from Bellevue, who left a suicide note in his home stating “I’m going out in style” and “now I’ll be famous.” The shooting started near the outside entrance to the Von Maur department store when the man began to open fire with a rifle. The type of assault rifle the man used was one that re-entered the market via the expiration of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban on September 13, 2004. Eyewitnesses suggest that at least 30 shots were fired, with some saying up to 100 shots. Many people, however, thought that it was fireworks or construction noise from nearby works outside the store. Seven people were pronounced dead at the scene and two were pronounced upon arrival at hospitals.

“We are setting up a station at the Hampton Inn for families and the victims,” added the spokesman. The injured are being taken to the University of Nebraska Medical Center or the Creighton University Medical Center.

Police are not releasing names until all family members can be notified.



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September 21, 2007

Court papers filed on behalf of God respond to lawsuit by Nebraska Senator

Court papers filed on behalf of God respond to lawsuit by Nebraska Senator

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Friday, September 21, 2007

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Two court filings in response to a lawsuit brought by Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers were filed on behalf of God, according to John Friend, clerk of the Douglas County District Court in Omaha, Nebraska.

“This one miraculously appeared on the counter. It just all of a sudden was here — poof!” said Mr. Friend. In one filing, St. Michael the Archangel is listed as a witness.

The response argues that the defendant is not subject to the jurisdiction and laws of the court. According to the response read by Friend, God said, “I created man and woman with free will and next to the promise of immortal life, free will is my greatest gift to you.”

Reports say that the papers were filed by “King Cobra”, a lawmaker in Nebraska.

Chambers had sued God for “widespread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth’s inhabitants.” Chambers, an agnostic, argues that his lawsuit is “frivolous” and “anybody can sue anybody.”



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September 18, 2007

Nebraska Senator sues God

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Nebraska Senator sues God

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Creation of the Sun and Moon by Michelangelo, face detail of God.

Nebraska state Senator Ernie Chambers, who represents legislative District 11 in North Omaha, filed an unusual lawsuit on Friday. According to court documents obtained by Wikinews, Chambers has decided to sue God, looking for a judge to issue a “permanent injunction” against the highest power.

Senator Chambers.
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Chambers says in his suit that God has spread fear across the globe causing “widespread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth’s inhabitants. [God also caused] fearsome floods, horrendous hurricanes, earthquakes, plagues, famine, genocidal wars, birth defects, terrifying tornadoes and the like” and he wants the courts to order God “to cease certain harmful activities and the making of terroristic threats.”

The suit is in an apparent retaliation for a recent ruling where the words ‘rape’ and ‘victim’ were banned from a recent criminal case involving a sexual assault incident. The woman who was assaulted, Tory Bowen, filed a lawsuit against Jeffrey Cheuvront, a district judge in the city of Lancaster when he banned the use of those words in her criminal case. Chambers says that her lawsuit is “frivolous” and he filed his suit to show people that “anybody can sue anybody.”

“This lawsuit having been filed and being of such questionable merit creates a circumstance where my lawsuit is appropriately filed. People might call it frivolous but if they read it they’ll see there are very serious issues I have raised.” stated Chambers. “The Constitution requires that the courthouse doors be open, so you cannot prohibit the filing of suit. Anyone can sue anyone they choose, even God,” he added.

Richard Kopf, a U.S. District Judge has ordered that Bowen must show evidence to support her lawsuit, saying that her case does not have “any legal basis whatsoever” until she does so.

It is not known when or if any additional hearings have been scheduled. Mr Chambers complaint consists of in part, “despite reasonable efforts to effectuate personal service on Defendant God has been unable to do so.”

Attempts by a Wired News reporter to contact God for comment were not successful.



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May 23, 2007

Hammerhead sharks can give birth without mating, study shows

Hammerhead sharks can give birth without mating, study shows

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The hammerhead shark which gave birth at the zoo.
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According to marine biologists participating in a study between the United States and Ireland, DNA samples taken from a hammerhead shark, born in 2001, located in Omaha Nebraska at the Henry Doorly Zoo, show that the shark’s mother performed a “virgin birth,” giving birth without mating.

The mother shark was in a tank with three other hammerheads, all female, and the baby shark was also born in the same tank. Tests on the DNA from the baby shark show that there was no “chromosomal contribution” of a male shark present in the blood, something that is required in order for mating to have taken place.

“The findings were really surprising because as far as anyone knew, all sharks reproduced only sexually by a male and female mating, requiring the embryo to get DNA from both parents for full development, just like in mammals,” said one author of the study from Queen’s University located in Belfast, Ireland, Paulo Prodahl.

It was previously thought by researchers that shark had stored sperm to later use as a reproduction procedure, but researchers said that it would have been incredible for the shark to store it for three years. Six months of storage is what researchers would call normal.

“We didn’t have a male and had never had a male, and of course, the question was, how did this happen? There were really only two possibilities. One was virgin birth, and the other one was a delayed insemination,” said director of the zoo, Lee Simmons.

Researchers say that the study could answer the mystery of why many zoos have said that sharks were giving birth with no males present, but that the event is not necessarily a good thing.

“[This study] may have solved a general mystery about shark reproduction. [The study says sharks can] switch from a sexual to a non-sexual mode of reproduction. [This may not be a good thing because] reduced genetic diversity may occur in the sharks,” said another author of the study, Mahmood Shivji, who is located in Dania Beach, Florida at the Guy Harvey Research Institute.

Employees who work at the zoo along with Simmons are glad the mystery is solved saying, “one of the good things about good science is that your skeptics have to eat crow.”

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