Man in 'Common Law' Cases May Sue Prosecutors

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A man accused of leading people to file illegal challenges to the courts in Madison County has threatened to sue prosecutors who have called him a "charlatan." He also has been accused of profiting by teaching people about phony "common law" courts.

Dennis Logan, 56, of St. Peters, was among 23 people charged with misdemeanor offenses in Madison County last week. On Monday, he denied allegations that he and the others broke the law by filing documents claiming to have set up their own court system.

In some cases, the documents illegally tried to place liens on the property of bank officials, prosecutors said.

Seven of the others charged entered pleas Friday and Monday admitting the charges. Prosecutors said more pleas are expected soon.

Logan denied prosecutors' allegations that he was interested only in making money by telling people how to challenge the courts after they had been issued a traffic ticket, named in a foreclosure or found themselves in some other legal trouble.

Logan said he rarely is paid for lectures he gives around the country and only occasionally does anyone even give him "a few bucks for gas."

"All I have done is teach these people their constitutional rights," Logan said in a telephone interview Monday. "I don't think they've done anything wrong, period. I think they're standing up for their rights, and the political groups don't like it."

Assistant State's Attorney Michele Berkel challenged Logan on Monday to submit to the jurisdiction of the courts in Madison County if he believes what he has been saying about constitutional rights and the limits of the courts. She asked him to come from Missouri to answer the misdemeanor charge of impersonation of a judicial official.

Logan said he would consider doing that if Berkel contacted him directly.

"The only ones who have informed me about any of this are reporters from the Post-Dispatch," he said. "If she is going to try to do this through the newspapers, I'll answer her with a lawsuit. …