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 NYC: Judge Lets Man Change Name to Jesus Christ

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NEW YORK - A Manhattan man's holiday spirits soared to celestial heights Friday when a judge gave him permission to change his name to Jesus Christ. Jose Luis Espinal, 42, of Washington Heights, said he was "happy" and "grateful" that the judge approved the change, effective immediately. Espinal said he was moved to seek the name change about a year ago when it dawned on him, "I am the person that is that name."
Espinal, who acted as his own lawyer, got the change approved by Manhattan Civil Court Judge Diane Lebedeff, who said she was "satisfied that this application is neither novel, nor would granting it pose practical problems."

The judge said name change applications usually are not denied just because the change might cause practical difficulties or be thought unwise, as long as a person with the same name does not object to the proposed change.

She cited a 2001 Utah case in which a man legally changed his name to "Santa Claus" and a Washington, D.C., case earlier this year in which a name change applicant obtained a driver's license and Social Security card in the name of "Jesus Christ."


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 2005/12/24 11:03Profile
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 Re: NYC: Judge Lets Man Change Name to Jesus Christ

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as long as a person with the same name does not object to the proposed change.



:-? Egads...
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Espinal said he was moved to seek the name change about a year ago when it dawned on him, "I am the person that is that name."



[i]"The offense of prayer is that it does not essentially tie in to mental efficency. (That is not to say that prayer is a partner to mental sloth; in these days efficency is at a premium.)[/i]"
~ Leonard Ravenhill

Everything is at a premium these days...
Difficult to ascertain who is more lacking in mental efficency, "jesus christ" or this judge...
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Diane Lebedeff, who said she was "satisfied that this application is neither novel, nor would granting it pose practical problems."



Just ask "The Artist formely known as Prince" ...


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Mike Balog

 2005/12/24 11:35Profile
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 Re: NYC: Judge Lets Man Change Name to Jesus Christ

Wonder how long it will be before he wll return to the court requesting another name change? At first I thought at least he didn't change his name to Lucifer but then remembered hearing an apostate naming his son that. Oh dear....

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