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‘The Devil Made Me Do It’

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02.08.2019

One of the most bizarre court-reported court cases in American history is a little-known decision out of the Western District of Pennsylvania. It’s called Mayo v. Satan and his staff. The case dismisses a civil-rights action brought by a man named Gerald Mayo, who alleged “that Satan has on numerous occasions caused plaintiff misery and unwarranted threats, against the will of plaintiff, that Satan has placed deliberate obstacles in his path and has caused plaintiff’s downfall.”

Unfortunately for Mayo, the court dismissed the case. It recognized the contrary authority of The Devil and Daniel Webster, but nonetheless held that “even if plaintiff’s complaint reveals a prima facie recital of the infringement of the civil rights of a citizen of the United States, the Court has serious doubts that the complaint reveals a cause of action upon which relief can be granted by the court. We question whether plaintiff may obtain personal jurisdiction over the........

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