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Wrongly convicted, Quebec man wants Premier's name

A Quebec man who spent three years in prison for a crime he didn't commit has applied to change his name -- to Jean Charest.

Michel Dumont made a formal application for the name change yesterday, saying he wants to be rid of the burden he's carried since he was convicted and later acquitted of rape.

"I hesitated for a long time to choose this name because Jean Charest is far from being popular in Quebec," Mr. Dumont said. "But faced with absurdity, I respond with absurdity."

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Mr. Dumont was convicted of the 1990 rape and sentenced to four years and four months in prison despite an uncertain identification by the victim, an alibi and a clean criminal record. CP

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