November 8, 2010
Jim Morrison's Possibility of Pardon
The Hill is reporting that Florida Governor Charlie Crist is considering a posthumous pardon of Jim Morrison. Morrison, the famous lead singer of The Doors (and Florida native), was convicted in Miami in 1970 of indecent exposure and profanity, although he was acquitted of the felony of lewd and lascivious conduct and of public intoxication. Morrison's lawyers raised First Amendment defenses to the prosecution which was based on a March 1969 performance in Coconut Grove. The quest to have Morrison pardoned has been ongoing with some interesting discussions of the concert and the case available at links here.
In the video below, Morrison is being interviewed and claiming "artistic freedom." His discussion of nudity not only relates to his own supposed exposure, but presumably relates to the fact that the musical HAIR had also been shown nearby. The then-controversial musical HAIR was the subject of the 1975 Supreme Court case Southeastern Promotions, Ltd. v. Conrad.
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