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Prince performs at the Billboard Music Awards in 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (AP file photo)
Prince performs at the Billboard Music Awards in 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (AP file photo)

Bar Buzz: Would-be president v. Prince

An obscure 2008 presidential candidate who claims to be the half-brother from whom Prince pilfered “all of my songs” wants his day in court.

Ernest E. English Jr., of 121 Cady St., Rochester, New York, wrote Carver County District Court Judge Kevin Eide seeking a hearing in a letter dated Nov. 3. It was filed by court administration on Nov. 27.

“Everything that I mention is real,” English’s letter says. “Prince was my half-brother and he stole all of my songs and never paid for them.”

English has popped up in a few previous filings in the sprawling dispute over Prince’s estate. The musician died on April 21, 2016, without leaving a will.

English is listed as a pro se party in one filing, and is listed among a dozen or so names of people demanding notification of all orders and filings pertaining to the case. The demand notices are dated April 25, 2017, and July 18, 2017.

He also has an entry on the Federal Election Commission’s website, listed under the same mailing address, as a one-time presidential candidate. A separate site, thegreenpapers.com, indicates that English filed his intent to run with the FEC on Jan. 30, 2008, for that year’s presidential election.

It is unclear how far he took that bid. Any record of his vote total could not be found by press time.

In his letter to Eide, English makes reference a previous court hearing “a little time ago,” which he missed. He could not attend, he said, because of major surgery from which he said he still is recovering. “I would like [it if you] could put that action on the docket for me,” English writes in an almost illegible scrawl.

He also makes reference to a previous letter to the judge that he says indicated he could not attend the previous hearing. No such letter appears to be in evidence among the mountain of documents filed about the sprawling dispute over Prince’s estate. It is unclear what hearing he refers to.

“All I want is the court to make me hole [sic], financial [sic],” the letter says.

The letter also offers support for unidentified female party to the case. “I feel bad about the sister,” English writes, “because I believe she is my half-sister. But the others, I can’t speak for.” There are many candidates to could fit his vague description.

A court spokesperson said it is possible that no previous letter from English ever was submitted to Eide previously, or that whatever letter was filed might not have been made public.

“We have had no other communication with the filer,” said Kyle Christopherson, a State Court Administrator’s Office spokesman, said in an email.

Details surrounding English’s cryptic letter to the court could become clearer later, if Eide takes action on the filing.

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