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Wrongly convicted, Quebec man wants Premier's name Add to ...

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."

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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