- As Jim Morrison Wins Pardon, ACLU Says Dead Rock Stars Shouldn’t Dominate Clemency Board Agenda
As Jim Morrison Wins Pardon, ACLU Says Dead Rock Stars Shouldn’t Dominate Clemency Board Agenda
Posted Dec 9, 2010 4:57 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
Backed by Florida's outgoing governor, former Doors front man Jim Morrison won a posthumous pardon today of his indecent exposure and profanity conviction resulting from a raucous 1969 rock concert in Miami.
However, the action today by the state's clemency board wasn't music to the ears of everyone attending the hearing, reports the Arts Beat blog of the New York Times.
“This is the wrong message to send the youth of this country,” said Angel Lago, a retired Miami cop who was a friend of one of the arresting police officers. “I think it’s absolutely wrong."
Also unhappy was the ACLU of Florida, which argued in a press release earlier this week that too much attention is being paid to dead rock stars, at the expense of the many live individuals who need the clemency board's attention.
ABAJournal.com: "Fla. Gov Studies Doors Front Man’s Wild Miami Night, Prepping for Pardon Hearing"