Florida Governor Requests Posthumous Pardon For Jim Morrison
Better late than never?
Florida governor Charlie Crist has reportedly submitted a request to have [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jim Morrison[/lastfm]’s 1969 conviction for indecent exposure overturned. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Doors[/lastfm] frontman was found guilty after allegedly exposing himself to the audience during a show at Miami’s Dinner Key Auditorium shortly before his death in 1971.
The rock icon had appealed the case but died before the appeal reached the court system. Crist has now confirmed that he has put the case forward to the Florida Board of Executive Clemency following repeated requests from fans.
“I’ve decided to do it,” Crist told the New York Times on Tuesday. “For the pure and simple reason that I just think it’s the right thing to do. In some ways it seems like a tragic conclusion to a young man’s life to have this lasting legacy, where we’re not even sure that it actually occurred. The more that I’ve read about the case and the more I get briefed on it, the more convinced I am that maybe an injustice has been done here.”
The outgoing governor adds that the gesture is a show of solidarity with Morrison’s family members.
“It just creates a lot of empathy, all these circumstances that add up,” Crist said. “And my heart bleeds for him and his family that this may not have even happened, yet it’s unfortunately part of his record.”
The board will meet to discuss Morrison’s posthumous pardon on December 9.
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