Florida Clemency Board Considers Jim Morrison Pardon

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —- Florida Governor Charlie Crist and other members of the state’s Clemency Board will decided whether to pardon late Doors singers Jim Morrison of a 1969 indecent exposure conviction. 

Morrison who would have turned 67 on Wednesday was appealing the conviction when he was found dead in a Paris bathtub in 1971.

 Crist had been considering a pardon since a fan suggested it in 2007 but has waited until his final Clemency Board meeting. Crist is set to leave office Jan 4.

During a 1969 concert at the Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami, Morrison attempted to spark a riot in the audience. He failed, but a warrant for his arrest was issued by the Dade County Police department   three days later for indecent exposure. Consequently, many of The Doors’ scheduled concerts were canceled.

The governor says he has doubts about whether Morrison exposed himself during a rowdy Miami concert by The Doors on March 1, 1969. The surviving band members say a drunken Morrison teased the crowd, but never actually exposed himself.

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