Venetian May Be Pardoned in Florida

Outgoing Florida Governor Charlie Crist is considering pardoning The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison, posthumously, for his 1969 conviction for exposure and profanity during a now infamous concert in Miami. Morrison was born in Melbourne, Florida, in 1943. He died in Paris in 1971, while his appeal was still pending.

Pardons in Florida must go through the Board of Executive Clemency, which has one final meeting this year on Dec. 9. Besides Crist, the state’s CFO, Attorney General and Agriculture Commissioner, all of whom will be leaving office in January, sit on the board.

Under state law, a pardon must have the consent of Crist and at least two other members. Each of the other board members have let it be known that, should Crist propose it, they would not be opposed to the pardon.

–Roger Linnett


Categories: History, Music, Roger Linnett