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‘God’ gets more time to pay filing fee to sue IU

November 22, 2017

A man claiming to be God but who’s a little light on money can sue Indiana University and the Lilly Library by paying his federal court filing fees in installments, a federal judge ruled this week.

Judge Tanya Walton Pratt gave plaintiff “God also known as Michael H. Waller” until Dec. 18 to pay the first $100 of the $350 filing fee in his lawsuit in the District Court for the Southern District of Indiana against Indiana University and the Lilly Library on the Bloomington campus.

Waller filed a handwritten, five-page pro se complaint in August alleging he was denied the ability to read the original First Edition of the Book of Mormon at the Lilly Library. He seeks more than $1.4 billion in damages and other relief.  

Pratt noted in her order Tuesday that Waller had stated in an affidavit, “As God the original creator of The Universe and Living in The Highest Heaven Possible … I have no income or expenses. I essentially own everything.” Nevertheless, he told the court he had cash resources of $1,200, prompting her to allow Waller to pay the filing fee in installments.

Meanwhile, Pratt rejected Waller’s motions for entry of default judgment and motion for relief from service of summons. She noted the defendants are not in default and there was no showing they had been properly served.

The case is God also known as Michael H. Waller v. Indiana University and Lilly Library, 1:17-cv-3028.

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