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Wis. man cites religious beliefs for false rental



OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- A 47-year-old Appleton man cites his religious beliefs to explain why he allegedly rented out property he doesn't own.

   Prosecutors say Erik B. Hudson filed a fake deed saying the property's ownership was transferred to the Moorish Science Temple of America. The criminal complaint says he then rented the Oshkosh property to a Neenah woman.

   Court records say he acknowledged filing the deed but claims the church has authority to exercise its jurisdiction through its missionaries and Grand Sheikhs. He says his case should be dismissed because the judge has no legal authority over him.

   He's charged with criminal slander of title, a felony with a maximum penalty of six years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

   An Oshkosh Northwestern report says his trial is to begin March 27th.


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