In this June 26, 2013 photo provided by Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, Peter Larson excavates a Triceratops femur in a quarry near Newcastle, Wyoming. Larson has discovered thousands of fossils around the world and led the team that unearthed the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found. But there’s one black mark on his record _ a federal conviction that landed him in prison 20 years ago. His name could soon be cleared because a documentary released last year at the Sundance Film Festival has brought his legal blemish back into the public eye and spurred South Dakotans _ and Larson himself _ to push for President Barack Obama to clear his name with a pardon. (Timothy Larson/Black Hills Institute via AP)

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Pete Larson has discovered thousands of fossils around the world, co-authored three books and led the team that unearthed the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found. But there’s one black mark on his record: a federal conviction that landed him in prison almost 20 years ago.

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