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Outgoing Florida governor proposes pardon for Jim Morrison

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The charismatic and doomed lead singer of the band The Doors was once arrested in Miami allegedly for exposing himself while on stage. He was convicted by a judge and he was likely going to be sentenced to time doing hard labor. It was this that led Jim Morrison to flee to Europe where he eventually died in bathtub in Paris.

Now, however, outgoing Florida Governor Charlie Crist is proposing that Morrison be pardoned, according to CNN. The state clemency board is scheduled to meet today to consider this idea. The first thing to determine is if the pardon request is legitimate since Florida law says it must come from the governor and at least two other members of the Florida Board of Executive Clemency.

Many believe incident never happened

The concert where Morrison was arrested has become rock and roll legend. By that time drinking and drugs had taken over much of Morrison’s personality and tensions in the band had grown. He was notorious for shouting obscenities from the stage.

On the night he was arrested the concert was very much like some of the others Morrison had performed at that time. He was loud and obscene. He was reportedly slurring his speech and staggering around the stage drunk. At one point, according to the police, he unzipped his pants and exposed himself.

Morrison was ultimately acquitted of lascivious behavior and drunkenness but was convicted of indecent exposure and using profanity openly. This earned him a sentence of six months in jail and the judge threatened to throw the book at him. Morrison launched an appeal and was still fighting the charges when he died in 1971.

Fans of The Doors have long fought for a pardon. There are many who say he never actually exposed himself, but only threatened to do so. There are those who said the trial was a joke and there was no conclusive evidence that Morrison had done anything to earn the conviction.

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