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Local News in Brief : Political Consultant Gets 30 Days in Jail

A Missouri political consultant was sentenced Monday to serve 30 days in Los Angeles County Jail for voter registration fraud in the gathering of signatures for the 1986 AIDS ballot initiative.

Stanley Irvin Dale, 37, of Kansas City was also placed on three years’ probation and ordered to perform 300 hours of community service by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Judith Chirlin. Dale pleaded no contest in August to a single count of voter registration fraud.

Dale, a professional petition circulator, was paid by the Lyndon LaRouche political organization to gather signatures to qualify Proposition 64 for the November, 1986, ballot in California. The initiative, which was soundly defeated by voters, sought to force state health officials to collect personal information on patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome and to bar them from some jobs.

California authorities learned in June, 1986, that about half a dozen Missouri residents were paid to gather signatures in California. It is a violation of state law for non-California residents to circulate such petitions.

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