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Crist, clemency board give ‘Lizard King’ redemption

by Dara Kam | December 9th, 2010

Whether or not the “Lizard King” unzipped his pants and exposed himself to a crowd of thousands more than 40 years ago remains a mystery.

Jim Morrison’s alleged antics will remain forever a part of the late rocker’s legacy.

But the charges against him for indecent exposure and public intoxication won’t.

Gov. Charlie Crist, Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink and Attorney General Bill McCollum, acting as the state Clemency Board, granted Morrison, the lead singer of “The Doors,” a pardon Thursday afternoon as one of their final acts as a panel before leaving office.

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Morrison was convicted after police reported he taunted a crowd March 1969, at the now-defunct Dinner Key auditorium in Miami with verbal sexual come-ons and simulated oral sex, then pulled down his pants and exposing himself to thousands of fans. He was convicted in 1970 of public profanity and indecent exposure and sentenced to six months in jail and a $500 fine.

Crist, who presented the motion for the pardon himself said that because Morrison died while his appeal was pending, the late rocker did not have a chance to clear his name.

“In this case, the guilt or innocence is in God’s hands, not ours. That is why I respectfully ask my colleagues today to pardon Jim Morrison,” Crist said.

Morrison’s pardon was not without drama.

Angel Lago, a former Miami cop, showed up to protest the exoneration of Morrison.

“My objection is that the gentlemen had showed no remorse for a pardon, didn’t change his lifestyle at all and eventually his drug use killed him in a Paris bar bathroom from a heroin overdose,” Lago said. “I think this is a wrong message to send the youth of this country. I think it’s absolutely wrong.”

But Crist and Sink said that Morrison, who was born in Melbourne, left behind a legacy for which he should be honored.

“It’s not about the guilt or innocence of the man and it’s not about retrying the case here today. That’s not what this is about. 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,” Crist said.

The vote in favor of Morrison’s pardon was unanimous.

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8 Responses to “Crist, clemency board give ‘Lizard King’ redemption”

  1. mrGonzo Says:

    Once again,

    No surprise Charlie has an eye on The Door’s most famous member’s member…

    Too bad he did not put this much energy into save our homes or reducing the average taxpayers burden.

    Don’t let the Door tap your behind on the way out office.

  2. ELC Says:

    I HAVE ONE QUESTION-WHAT DOES CHARLIE GET FOR THIS HUMANITARIAN DEED BECAUSE CHARLIE NEVER DOES ANYTHING UNLESS HE GETS RECOGNITION FOR IT? This has nothing to do with pardoning Jim Morrison and more about Crist’s pardoning shot at anyone he felt *******
    him. In other words-one thing has absolutely nothing to do with another.
    If Charlie isn’t grandstanding-he isn’t happy. What’s he going to do for Publicity
    once out of office?He will be a lost soul. Good riddance Charlie-don’t let the door hit your A$$ on the way out.

  3. donna anderson Says:

    Thank you, Gov. Crist. Finally, an indepent does something the “other” 2 would not – the right thing.

  4. SubjectoftheUSSA Says:

    I can safely say, Jim Morrison probably doesn’t care about his indecent exposure charge in Florida anymore. Way to work hard for the people Gov!

  5. Brian Says:

    Charlie Crist is a moron as are any of the idiots who wasted time and taxpayer money giving this pardon any amount of thought. Yet another example of government waste. These people should be ashamed they waste taxpayer dollars on meaningless crap like this.

    Again, this guy is jacka**

  6. Charlie Is Just Soory he Wasn't There When He Whipped It out Says:

    Like ole Charlie and his friend Barney Frank always say :when in doubt, whip it out!”

  7. Marcelo Says:

    I agree with Gov Crist. Jim deserves an unreserved pardon… He was a true artist and poet. He excelled in the art of combining music with words. He left a lasting legacy. RIP Jim.

  8. Fred Says:

    I was at the concert and he was and did most of what they say, but I never saw him expose himself. The guy was really TOASTED. If he was still with us I would go to see the DOORs again.

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