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Gov. Charlie Crist's talk of pardoning Jim Morrison revives old story



Reina McWilliams woke one recent Wednesday as usual to the sounds of the "Greatest Hits of the '60s and '70s" on Magic 102.7 FM.

In between songs, an announcer reported that outgoing Gov. Charlie Crist was considering a pardon of the late Jim Morrison — rock icon and lead singer of the Doors — who was convicted for exposing himself during a now-legendary Miami concert in 1969.

"Oh, my God!" she said out loud.

It was her late husband, Terry McWilliams, who had prosecuted Morrison. The trial was a media zoo because it encapsulated the culture war between establishment do-gooders and long-haired rock 'n' rollers then vying for the soul of the country. The harsh sentence, the nagging doubts about whether Morrison even did what he was he accused of, and his premature death stoked the controversy for a time.

But now, 40 years later, most people would shrug at the effort to restore Morrison's reputation. It's ancient history. Who, other than the diehard fans debating on the Internet, even cares? Sitting in her living room, on the couch near the wall where not one but two photos of Jim Morrison hang,

Reina McWilliams smiled. "This is what Terry would have wanted." Full story here.

[Last modified: Sunday, November 28, 2010 10:22am]


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