Illinois man claims copyright on his name

Sunday, January 20, 2002

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- A federal judge has ordered a psychiatric evaluation for an accused drug dealer who claims that his name is copyrighted and wants to be paid $500,000 each time his name is used by court personnel.

Frederick R. James, of Washington Park, is charged with intent to deal less than 50 kilograms of marijuana as well as several firearms counts. The 41-year-old defendant is also known as Nkosi Niyahuma-Dey, according to court documents he has filed.

James appeared at a hearing in East St. Louis Friday, but did not answer U.S. District Judge Michael J. Reagan's questions. The psychiatric evaluation would determine his fitness to stand trial.

"I am far from crazy," said James, who was asked by Reagan whether the judge's use of his name cost Reagan $500,000.

"You do not have my permission to use my name without compensating me," James said.

James also believes that his case is outside the jurisdiction of U.S. courts. He is a member of the Cahokia Great Seal Moors, an American sect of Islam. The group believes that blacks predated whites in North America and those who consider themselves Moors are not subject to U.S. laws.

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