In short, a man who tried to sue the devil…

In short, a man who tried to sue the devil…

or, how to tell the government off on the public record.

United States ex rel. Gerald Mayo v. Satan and His Staff, 54 F.R.D. 282 (W.D.Pa. 1971)[1], was a court case in which a man attempted to sue Satan and his servants in United States District Court. It was dismissed on a technicality.

It gets better

Ultimately, though, the Court refused the request to proceed in forma pauperis due to the fact that the plaintiff had not included instructions for how the U.S. Marshal could serve process on Satan.

Oh, I’ll bet he had a suggestion. In fact, the entire case (which included a filed in forma pauperis to avoid legal costs) was probably solely a pretext to tell U.S. Marshalls precisely how they should go about serving process to the defense.

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