Friday, October 17, 2008
Ilya Somin of the Volokh Conspiracy has an interesting reaction to the case of Chambers v. God, the now infamous case where former Nebraska state legislator attempted to sue the Lord. The court dismissed the case for lack of service. But according to Professor Somin, Con Law provides an even better basis for dismissal:
A better technical legal ground for dismissing lawsuits against God might be lack of redressability, which is a requirement of standing under federal law and (I presume) Nebraska law as well. If the plaintiff's injury can't be redressed by a judicial ruling, he doesn't have standing to file a suit. Since God is omnipotent, the judicial injunction Chambers seeks can't possibly force him to do anything he doesn't want to do anyway. Thus, no redessability and no standing.
Enjoy the laugh!