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Charlie Crist is looking to pardon Jim Morrison
I love Mr. Mojo Risin and everything - but really?
Crist doesn't have anything better to do?
I think he's just trying to look 'cool'....
Or maybe he ate some peyote and the spirit of Jim Morrison came to him.....
updated 11/17/2010 6:37:41 AM ET
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Outgoing Florida Gov.
Charlie Crist is looking to pardon long-dead
rocker Jim Morrison who was convicted of
exposing himself at a raucous 1969 concert in
'The end': Fla. eyes pardon for Jim Morrison
Rock legend was convicted of indecent exposure, profanity in 1970
Morrison was lead singer for top 1960s rock
act The Doors and a Florida native. He was
appealing the indecent exposure and profanity
conviction when he died in 1971 in a Paris
bathtub at age 27.
Crist told the St. Petersburg Times Tuesday
that the more he looked into what happened
that night, the more he thought it was right to
seek a pardon. Morrison was fined and
sentenced to six months in jail but never
served that time.
A jury in 1970 convicted Morrison of indecent
exposure and open profanity, though he was
cleared of a more serious felony count of lewd
and lascivious behavior and public
drunkenness. He was sentenced to six months
in jail, but died two years later in Paris while
the case was under appeal.
"I've decided to do it, for the pure and simple
reason that I just think it's the right thing to
do," Crist told The New York Times. "In some
ways it seems like a tragic conclusion to a
young man's life to have maybe this be a
lasting legacy, where we're not even sure that
it actually occurred. The more that I’ve read
about the case and the more I get briefed on it,
the more convinced I am that maybe an
injustice has been done here."
A message left by The Associated Press with Crist's spokesman wasn't immediately returned.
Crist, a Republican-turned-independent, lost his bid for a U.S. Senate seat earlier this month
[link to www.msnbc.msn.com]
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