TALLAHASSEE (CBS4) â€“ Nearly forty years after his death, Doors front man Jim Morrison has been granted a posthumous pardon from the State of Florida for a 1969 indecent exposure conviction. Governor Charlie Crist has been considering a pardon since a fan suggested it in 2007 but has waited until his final Clemency Board meeting on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink said that she would vote for the pardon, giving Crist the second of two other board members he needed for approval. Crist couldn’t issue a pardon on his own. He and the three-member Cabinet serve as the Clemency Board. Approval is required by the governor and at least two other members.
Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson had already said he would support it. Attorney General Bill McCollum hasn’t said how he’ll vote.
Crist said he doubts Morrison exposed himself during an infamous and rowdy concert at Miami’s Dinner Key Auditorium in Coconut Grove on March 1, 1969. The surviving band members say a drunken Morrison teased the crowd, but never actually exposed himself.
â€œIt never actually happened. It was mass hypnosis,â€ said Ray Manzarek, The Doors’ keyboard player.
Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger said Morrison’s behavior was influenced by an acting troupe that disrobed during plays.
â€œHe was just doing a mind trip â€” as they would say â€” a mind trip on the audience and they totally fell for it,â€ Manzarek said.
Manzarek said Morrison was far drunker than usual, to the point where they questioned whether he should go on stage. Morrison was convicted of public profanity and indecent exposure and sentenced to six months in jail and a $500 fine.
Morrison was in the process of appealing the conviction when he was found dead in a Paris bathtub in 1971.
Morrison, born in Melbourne, Florida and one-time Florida State University student, was sentenced to six months in jail but never served any time.
Crist leaves office Jan. 4.
Source: CBS4 Miami