Forty one years after the event a court in Florida has pardoned 60s rock legends The Doors’ lead singer Jim Morrison for alleged indecent exposure and profanity.
Outgoing Florida Governor Charlie Crist, himself a confessed Doors fan, and the clemency board ruled unanimously to pardon Morrison.
“We have had an opportunity for about 40 years for this son of Florida whose body of work has endured and has this blot on his record, if you will, for something that he may or may not have done when he was essentially a kid,” said Crist at the hearing.
Morrison was convicted of the charges following a wild 1969 concert at Miami’s Dinner Key Auditorium, and sentenced to six months in jail. He and many present denied the indecent exposure ever took place, and he was appealing against the conviction when he died in Paris in 1971, aged 27.
The pardon came following demands from many fans. At the time the concert sparked a backlash against changing moral standards, and a week later 30,000 demonstrated in support of Morrison’s arrest.