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- Posted on Dec 9th 2010 1:30PM by Brian Voerding
Nearly 40 years after his death, Jim Morrison's criminal record lived on in Florida. Now, it will finally be buried with him.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist announced today that he has the votes on the state's clemency board to pardon the Doors for a 1969 incident where he allegedly exposed himself during a Miami concert. While Morrison's bandmates have long denied the incident, saying the singer was admittedly drunk but just "doing a mindtrip on the audience," other fans still swear they clearly saw Little Jim at one point.
Morrison was charged with indecent exposure, convicted and sentenced to six months in jail. He was appealing the ruling in 1971 when he died at 27 in a bathtub in Paris. The board is expected to consider the Morrison petition as early as Thursday afternoon.
Crist, who will leave the governor's office in January, announced a few months ago that he was considering a pardon for Morrison. He doesn't claim to be a diehard fan of the Doors, but has said he first considered the cause after being approached by a fan in 2007.
Over the next few years, he said, he was swayed by countless Doors supporters who pointed out that there's no documented evidence that shows Morrison exposed himself at the show.
"We really don't know if the alleged act occurred," Crist told the St. Petersburg Times. "He was a young guy who maybe, or maybe not, made a mistake. It strikes me that everyone deserves a second chance. You have to have the capacity for forgiveness."