The Governor of Florida, Charlie Crist is considering pardoning the Doors’ front man Jim Morrison for an indecent exposure charge in Miami back in 1969.
Crist has just two months left in office and has indicted that he will consider a posthumous pardon for the Irish American rockstar.
Back in 1969 Morrison was found guilty of indecent exposure and using profanity at a concert in Miami. He allegedly tried to incite a riot and exposed himself to the crowd. He was acquitted of the charges of lewd and lascivious behavior and public drunkenness.
The case went to trial but Morrison never served time in prison. He died, aged 27, in Paris two years later.
For years Doors fans have been petitioning the State of Florida to pardon Morrison. Back in 2001 Governor Lawton Chiles received a letter saying that the trial was without merit and unconstitutional.
This letter got no response and it eventually evolved into a full on petition and campaign which is hosted on Doors.com.
In 2007, a Doors fan, Dave Diamond wrote to Governor Crist and referenced that in 2003 the Governor of New York, George Pataki, pardoned the late comedian Lenny Bruce for a 1965 obscenity conviction. From here the petition for Morrison’s pardon gained steam.
Back in 2007 Crist said “There was some doubt how solid the case was." During an interview with “The Hill” he 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 I have left. Stay tuned.”
No Irish Need Apply? Not anymore