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- Posted on Nov 9th 2010 7:00AM by Julian Marszalek
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Outgoing Florida Governor Charlie Crist will be leaving office in January but has promised to revisit the case after fans of the singer launched a petition back in 2007 to examine the details of the case once again.
Speaking to Washington blog the Hill, Mr Crist said, "Candidly, it's something that I haven't given a lot of thought to, but it's something I'm willing to look into in the time that I have left. Anything is possible."
Dave Diamond, a TV producer from Ohio, kicked off the campaign to clear Morrison's name and he remains optimistic that the conviction can be overruled. He said, "This is the last chance Gov. Crist will have with the board to make good on his 2007 commitment to give this longstanding case a fair review and a vote in favour for or against the special posthumous pardon request.
"We are still hopeful that he will see this case through. He's the only governor in Florida that's even acknowledged this effort at all, and we appreciate his time towards this matter."
Florida's Board of Executive Clemency is scheduled to meet in Dec. 9 -- the day after what would have been Morrison's 67th birthday.