A month ago, deceased [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Doors[/lastfm] frontman [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jim Morrison[/lastfm] was granted a posthumous pardon by the State of Florida for a 1969 indecent exposure charge during a now legendary performance in Miami. While the State of Florida has cleared Morrison of his 40 year charge, Morrison’s family and friends are struggling to make amends.
In an official statement, Morrison’s family and former band members have called for an official apology from the state of Florida.
“His performance in Miami that night was certainly provocative, and entirely in the insurrectionary spirit of the Doors’ music and message. The charges against him were largely an opportunity for grandstanding by ambitious politicians – not to mention an affront to free speech and a massive waste of time and taxpayer dollars,” they write.
They add that the state should not only apologize for the charges but also wipe all records of the case from their system.
“If the State of Florida and the City of Miami want to make amends for the travesty of Jim Morrison’s arrest and prosecution 40 years after the fact, an apology would be more appropriate – and expunging the whole sorry matter from the record,” the family said.
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