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Monday, November 8, 2010

Come on Charlie light our fire

The time to hesitate is through
No time to wallow in the mire
What better legacy for a man who would do or say anything than to be the only Florida Governor to seriously consider a posthumous pardon for the legendary lead singer for the Doors, Jim Morrison. Morrison was convicted of indecent exposure and profanity over forty years ago after a March 1969 performance at the Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami.  Fans have been desperately seeking a pardon for Morrison ever since.  Could they have finally found their hero:
In a phone interview with The Hill, Crist said “stay tuned” regarding the idea of a posthumous pardon for the singer who died in Paris in 1971. Crist lost his independent bid for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday and will leave office in January, to be replaced by Republican Rick Scott.

“Candidly, it's something that I haven’t given a lot of thought to, but it's something I’m willing to look into in the time I have left,” said Crist. “Anything is possible.”
At this point the only thing certain about Charlie Crist is that anything is indeed possible. Of course there must be sound reasons to believe that Jim Morrison was convicted in error right? In the minds of devoted Doors fans there is plenty of "reasonable" doubt.  One fan wrote a master's thesis debating press, police and eye-witness reports of Morrison's behavior on stage that night. The author found herself somewhat incredulous about her thesis - at least the long circuitous route she had taken to its completion: "If I were told five years ago that this would be the path on which I would travel, the journey I would take––earning the master’s of liberal arts and writing another thesis––after graduating with a Ph.D. in music and a certificate of advanced studies in library and information science, I would not have wanted to believe it."  Frankly, I wouldn't have wanted to believe it either.

Well then, these devoted fans believe Crist may be their last hope for a full pardon for Morrison and what do you know, Charlie thinks he might see some doubts about the case:
Other band members have stated in interviews over the years that Morrison was clearly drunk at the concert, as obvious from sound recordings which showed he also tried to provoke the audience at various times.

Ironically, Morrison was cleared of drunkenness charges in the ensuing trial, as well as a felony charge for lewd and lascivious behavior, but convicted of exposure and profanity. Morrison and his lawyers had hoped to turn the trial into a First Amendment battle, and he claimed in several later interviews that the trial was a sham. Morrison’s death in 1971 ended the case without him ever serving any prison time.

Doors fans have clamored for years to get Morrison’s name cleared, but Crist’s predecessors in the governor’s office were unmoved. In 2007, Crist said he would consider it, acknowledging “there was some doubt about how solid the case was.” Both Morrison and Crist attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, which Crist cites as one reason he is considering the issue.
There we go, solid reason for a governor to exercise the power to pardon, he and the convicted attended the same University.   So will Charlie light their fire?  One thing Doors fans should take from the entire Florida Senate race was that whatever Charlie says today has no bearing on what he will say or do tomorrow.

3 comments:

  1. The whole tone of your article is unfair, while Crist may be a moron, you really should know the reality of the case that was brought against Morrison. There were hundreds of photos taken at this concert and there was never any proof of the charges claimed. Morrison was not arrested after the concert;the cooked-up charges generated an arrest warrant 4 days after the fact,which never made any sense.The distasteful character Morrison may have been didnt rightfully earn him the railroading he received by Florida authorities.

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  2. Hi MarySue, just wanted to let you know I reprinted your article: http://www.jimmorrisonproject.com/entry/2013/10/come-on-charlie-light-our-fire

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