Oliver North won't be able to get a fair trial unless his jury is of peers schooled in covert operations, classified documents and combat, says an Orem man who attended the Naval Academy with North.

Keith Haines, who helped establish the Oliver North Legal Assistance Fund, says the "political witch hunt" has gone on long enough. Haines hopes to see North get a presidential pardon and is busy raising funds on behalf of North.Haines has planned a series of candlelight prayer vigils throughout the state, the first of which was held last week on the steps of the Utah County Courthouse. Local vigils will preface a national vigil planned for March 15 at the state Capitol.

"I think the deck is stacked," Haines said. "He's my classmate. I stand by him. I believe in him."