Morrison gets posthumous pardon for ‘indecent exposure’ conviction

December 12th, 2010 - 3:58 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Dec 12 (ANI): Late rock legend Jim Morrison has won a posthumous pardon for charges of indecent exposure brought after a drunken gig 41 years ago.

Outgoing Governor Charlie Crist appealed for clemency to a special committee to clear the lead singer of ‘The Doors’ of the charges.

“Much controversy surrounds this conviction. In this case, guilt or innocence is in God’s hands, not ours. That is why I ask my colleagues today to pardon Jim Morrison,” the Independent quoted Crist as saying in a statement.

Morrison was accused of displaying his penis, desecrating public morals and profanity while drunk.

“Morrison appeared to masturbate in full view of his audience, screamed obscenities and exposed himself,” The Miami Herald newspaper reported at the time.

The singer however denied the charges and appealed the judgement and the sentence of six months hard labour, and paid bail to stay out of jail.

Fearing he would be sent to prison however, Morrison left for Paris where he died in 1971 at the age of 27 before his appeal was heard. (ANI)

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