[UPDATE] Crist Says He Will Pursue Pardon for Dead Rocker

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

[UPDATE] 12-3 11:00AM --

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --

As Gov. Charlie Crist prepares for a his last Clemency Board meeting, he's reviewing a notebook containing details about a profanity-strewn rant on love and a joke about having sex with a lamb.

That would be the Jim Morrison notebook.

Crist asked his staff for any information they could find on The
Doors singer and the wild March 1, 1969 Miami concert that led to
Morrison's conviction. They came up with dozens of pages
describing that night, Morrison's trial, and documents on his other
arrests.

Crist wants Morrison pardoned of his conviction on indecent
exposure and profanity charges, saying there's lingering doubt that
he actually exposed himself at the concert.

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UPDATE - 11-17-2010

Tallahassee, FL (AP) -

Guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who played with rock legend Jim Morrison in The Doors, are supporting Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's proposal to pardon Morrison for an indecent exposure conviction after a 1969 Miami concert.

Both band mates said Wednesday that Morrison never actually
pulled out his penis during the now infamous concert at the Dinner
Key Auditorium.

They said he was drunk and teased the crowd but he never
followed through.

They said Morrison was inspired that night by a stage group
called The Living Theater, which was performing plays in which
actors disrobed -- but he didn't actually undo his pants.

Morrison was appealing the conviction when he was found dead in
1971 in a Paris bathtub.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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St. Petersburg, FL (AP) - Gov. Charlie Crist says he will
pursue a pardon for long-dead rocker Jim Morrison, a Florida native
who died nearly 40 years ago in a Paris bathtub at age 27.

Morrison was convicted of exposing himself on stage during a
raucous 1969 concert in Miami and was appealing that conviction
when he died.

Crist told the St. Petersburg Times Tuesday that the more he
looked into the matter, the more he thought it was right to try to
get a pardon.

He said: "And I've reached that conclusion now, that's what I'm
going to do."

The current Clemency Board meets on Dec. 9.

Morrison, who was born in Melbourne in 1943, became be one of
the top rock 'n roll acts in the late 1960s as the lead singer and
lyricist for a group named The Doors.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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