Jim Morrison pardoned

By | Published on Friday 10 December 2010

Doors frontman Jim Morrison has received a posthumous pardon for a 1970 indecent exposure conviction. So now everyone can sleep at night again.

As previously reported, Morrison was charged with indecent exposure in March 1969 after apparently exposing himself on stage. It was a hot night, the venue was well over capacity, and a very drunk, half-naked Morrison declared: “You want to see my cock, don’t you? That’s what you came for isn’t it? Yeah!” Whether the audience did then, indeed, get a glimpse of Morrison’s cock is of much debate.

He was convicted of indecent exposure and profanity the next year and his appeal was still going through the motions when he died in 1971. At various points since then Doors fans have called for an official pardon, though so far the authorities there have avoided such a populist measure.

But now the outgoing governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, who is due to leave office next year, has successfully pushed through the pardon. On Wednesday, the state clemency board unanimously voted to pardon Morrison on what would have been his 67th birthday.