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Sen. LeRay McAllister, R-Orem, has asked that his name be removed from a petition proclaiming the innocence of five-time presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche.

LaRouche recently was paroled after serving five years for mail fraud and conspiracy. The petition, which was published as a full-page ad Aug. 11 in The Washington Post, calls for President Clinton to clear LaRouche's name and says failure to do so stains "the honor of the U.S. justice system and the Constitution."McAllister said he signed the petition while he was at the National Conference of State Legislators' annual convention in New Orleans this summer.

McAllister, a retired Brigham Young University accounting professor and co-chairman of the Executive Appropriations Committee, said that after reviewing circumstances surrounding La-Rouche's trail and the evidence presented, "I am persuaded that the court's finding that LaRouche was guilty was correct."

McAllister said he has written the Schiller Institute, an organization founded by LaRouche's wife, "and requested that my name be removed from the petition and not be included in any further effort to clear LaRouche's name."

LaRouche was paroled after serving one-third of his 15-year sentence on 11 charges of mail fraud and one count of conspiring to defraud the IRS.