Governor Wants Jim Morrison Pardoned For Exposure Conviction

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Outgoing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist wants a state pardon for long-dead rocker Jim Morrison, who was convicted of exposing himself at a raucous 1969 concert in Miami.

Crist said Wednesday he's convinced that prosecutors at the time were trying to make an example of The Doors lead singer rather than try a legitimate case.

Crist said, "We all have a responsibility where appropriate to seek forgiveness."

Crist will need the support of at least two other Cabinet members to approve a pardon, which may be more ceremonial since Florida doesn't have procedures for posthumous pardons.

Morrison died in 1971 in Paris while appealing his conviction.

Crist, a Republican-turned-independent, lost his bid for a U.S. Senate seat earlier this month.

Crist said Wednesday he's convinced that prosecutors at the time were trying to make an example of The Doors lead singer rather than try a legitimate case.

Crist said, "We all have a responsibility where appropriate to seek forgiveness."

Crist will need the support of at least two other Cabinet members to approve a pardon, which may be more ceremonial since Florida doesn't have procedures for posthumous pardons.

Morrison died in 1971 in Paris while appealing his conviction.

Crist, a Republican-turned-independent, lost his bid for a U.S. Senate seat earlier this month.


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