A convicted crack dealer who calls himself "Allah©, 5% Nation of Islam" is attempting to sue the superintendent of the Monroe state prison, claiming he was kidnapped and is being unlawfully imprisoned.
Edwin Randal Coston, aka Allah. Photo via WA-DOC
Last week, Coston tried to file a lawsuit in Western Washington federal court claiming his civil rights are being violated by Scott Frakes, the Superintendent of the Monroe Correctional Complex. Coston attempted to petition for a writ of habeas corpus, a legal action that would require him to appear before a judge, and could ultimately lead to his release if the state lacks evidence. Given the seemingly cut and dry nature of his crime, it's highly unlikely Colston will prevail in court, especially since he improperly filed the initial paperwork. He now has until May 5 to fix his errors and pay the $5 filing or his case will be automatically dismissed.
A spokesperson for the state Department of Corrections declined to comment on the pending litigation, and said Frakes wasn't aware of the attempted lawsuit until he was contacted by the media. According to DOC records, Coston hasn't exactly been a model prisoner. He has accrued 16 "serious infractions" since he was locked up in July of 2002, including an incident in which he allegedly assaulted a prison staff member.
In his court filings, Coston accuses Frakes of falsifying records and claims that Seattle police lacked a warrant when they searched his house in 2001. (The search warrant, signed by a judge, is included in the PDF below.) In his "prayer for relief" Allah© asks the court to award him "$10,000 and a bus ticket to New York." It's unclear whether he has actually copyrighted the name "Allah," but if he does own the rights it seems like that would be worth at least ten grand.