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Doors Singer Morrison May Get Posthumous Pardon

Jim Morrison. Circa 1968. Photo by Jan Persson/Redferns.

It’s an unusual legal circumstance: a rock star known for his outrageous behaviour may be posthumously pardoned – for a crime that may never have occurred in the first palce.

Jim Morrison was convicted of indecent exposure following an incident at a Miami concert in 1969.  He was sentenced to six months in jail but appealed. The case was never resolved: The Doors singer died two years later in Paris at the age of 27.

But Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek told The Associated Press the exposure never happened in the first place.

Morrison was doing “a mind trip on the audience and they totally fell for it,” Manzarek said.

Florida Governor Charlie Crist got enough votes from the state’s Board of Executive Clemency to approve the pardon for Morrison, a Florida native.

Morrison would have turned 67 on December 8.