Florida Clemency Board pardoned Jim Morrison forty years after exposing himself at a Miami concert on Thursday. Governor Charlie Crist and a three member Cabinet voted to pardon the late Morrison for indecent exposure and profanity charges stemming from a "wild" March 1, 1969 concert held at the Dinner Key Auditorium where The Doors' lead supposedly only "pretended" to expose himself. Crist called the incident a "blot" tarnishing the image of the late Morrison for "something he may or may not have done."
Immediately following the 1969 concert, Morrison was charged with a six month jail sentence (which he never served) and a $500 fine. Morrison passed away in 1971 at the age of 27 before he could appeal the charges.
Bandmates Ray Manzerek and Robby Krieger affirm that Morrison never exposed himself and believe the pardon will not affect his image. Manzerek stated: "Jim's legacy is one of Dionysian madness and frenzy and of a chaotic American poet. I don't think that the Miami episode has altered his image one iota." Manzerek also revealed details of that fateful night: "There were 100 photos offered in evidence at the trial, photos of everything - Jim with the lamb, Jim with the hat, on the stage collapsing, riot in the audience. Not one photo of Jim's magnificent member. It never happened. It was mass hypnosis."
Krieger offered of the pardon: "[Morrison] wouldn't give a [expletive]. He would think it was old news....Nobody would like to have that charge hanging over their head even if they are dead. I'm sure his family would be happy to see that go, especially since it never happened."