TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Thursday, December 9, 2010
Florida’s Clemency Board posthumously pardoned the late singer Jim Morrison of the legendary rock band The Doors for his 40-year-old conviction on indecent exposure and profanity charges in Miami. Outgoing Florida Governor Charlie Crist requested the pardon. The Clemency Board unanimously granted it. Governor Crist expressed doubts that Morrison actually exposed himself during a rowdy March 1, 1969 concert at Miami’s Dinner Key Auditorium. Surviving Doors members insist that Morrison teased the crowd, but never actually exposed himself. Fans have given differing accounts in the did-he-or-didn’t-he debate. Morrison was appealing the conviction when he was found dead in a Paris bathtub in 1971. Jim Morrison was native of Melbourne, Florida, and attended St. Petersburg Community College and Florida State University before moving to California in 1964, where he became famous as the lead singer and songwriter of The Doors.