Sweet Music to Jim Morrison Fans: A Pardon?
Posted Apr 10, 2007 6:59 PM CST
By Martha Neil
Is it time to pardon Doors frontman Jim Morrison, famous for his music and infamous for his bad behavior?
Dave Diamond, a cable TV producer from Dayton, Ohio, thinks so. He wrote to Florida Gov. Charlie Crist last month asking him to pardon the hard-living rocker and Florida native for exposing himself on stage in Miami 38 years earlier, according to AP.
Morrison, who died in a Paris bathtub in 1971 of heart failure, was appealing his conviction for indecent exposure and profanity, but the case ended with his death. His demise may also preclude a posthumous pardon, which Florida law doesn't provide for.
His case would not even be prosecuted today, Diamond says. “It’s not about Jim Morrison’s image as the Lizard King or The Doors' music. It’s about a citizen of Florida who was convicted in a case where the law was not applied.”