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Florida's Clemency Board open to posthumous pardon for Jim Morrison

TALLAHASSEE — One of the final acts for Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet could be to clear the record of former Doors frontman Jim Morrison, who was convicted of indecent exposure after a 1969 concert in Miami. He died two years later.

Crist has been asked about pardoning Morrison since 2007, when the Miami Herald reported that a Dayton, Ohio, cable TV producer named Dave Diamond wrote to Crist requesting it. Morrison grew up in Melbourne and, like Crist, attended Florida State University.

Crist is open to the pardon — "Why not?" he said Tuesday — but noted that a pardon for Morrison would require approval from a majority of the other Clemency Board members.

So we asked them about it.

Attorney General Bill McCollum: "It's unusual, but I'm open to listening to it."

Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson: "If the estate would give us the rights to Light My Fire for our prescribed burning program, that would be great. But for someone who is certainly not going to do anything — you know, he's passed away, it's something that happened in 1969 — then sure, I'd be willing to, just for the family, to do that."

Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink: "I'd look at it. It's an interesting case."

The current Clemency Board has one meeting left, Dec. 9 in Tallahassee. It takes just one member vote to put Morrison's case on the agenda, and then the votes of two members plus the governor to approve a pardon.

As it turns out, Morrison's 67th birthday would have been Dec. 8 this year.

Florida's Clemency Board open to posthumous pardon for Jim Morrison 11/09/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 10:29pm]
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