Widow: Jim Morrison Wouldn't Have Wanted A Pardon

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Widow: Jim Morrison wouldn't have wanted a pardon

The widow of The Doors singer Jim Morrison says Florida's intention to pardon him for a 1969 indecent exposure conviction is a cheap political ploy.
Patricia Kennealy Morrison told The Associated Press Thursday that she's not pleased with the pardon and doesn't think the late singer would be either because he didn't expose himself on stage as some claim.

She says the conviction should be expunged or the verdict overturned as fraud rather than just pardoned.

She says the two were married in a pagan ceremony by a Presbyterian minister about a year before he was found dead in a Paris bathtub in 1971.

Jim Morrison was appealing the conviction when he died. Gov. Charlie Crist planned to ask the Clemency Board for the pardon Thursday and it is expected to pass.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)—The Doors singer Jim Morrison will get a posthumous pardon for an indecent exposure conviction in Florida after Gov. Charlie Crist got a commitment for enough votes from other members of the state's Board of Executive Clemency to approve it.

Morrison was appealing the conviction when he was found dead in a Paris bathtub in 1971. The meeting Thursday comes a day after the singer would have turned 67.

Crist can't issue a pardon on his own. He and the three-member Cabinet serve as the Clemency Board. Approval is required by the governor and at least two other members.

The did-he-or-didn't-he debate over what happened at the Miami concert was revived by Crist's interest in the case. The surviving band members say a drunken Morrison teased the crowd, but never exposed himself.

"It never actually happened. It was mass hypnosis," said Ray Manzarek, The Doors' keyboard player.

Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger said Morrison's behavior was influenced by an acting troupe that disrobed during plays.

"He was just doing a mind trip—as they would say—a mind trip on the audience and they totally fell for it," Manzarek said.

Manzarek said Morrison was far drunker than usual, to the point where they questioned whether he should go on stage.

Gov. Crist began considering a pardon for Morrison in 2007 at the at the urging of a fan. He says he has doubts about whether Morrison actually exposed himself during the rowdy concert March 1, 1969. Morrison was convicted of public profanity and indecent exposure and sentenced to six months in jail and a $500 fine.

The case has become murkier with the passage of years. Morrison's defense attorney said recently that the singer received a fair trial with credible witnesses on both sides, and fans who were at the show have differing recollections.

Here's what most people agree on: The Doors went on stage late, the Dinner Key Auditorium was oversold and wasn't air conditioned. Morrison was drunk and stopped in the middle of songs with an anti-authority, profanity-riddled rant.

A live lamb was brought on stage at one point, and Morrison also grabbed a police officer's hat and threw it in the crowd. The singer took off his shirt and fiddled with his belt, and fans poured onto the stage.

"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," said Manzarek.

A pardon won't change Morrison's image, but it will right a wrong, Manzarek and Krieger said.

"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," Manzarek said.

Krieger added: "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."

There are fans who still swear Morrison exposed himself.

"He actually unzipped and pulled his pants down a little bit, enough where you can see everything. I do remember being shocked when that happened, and definitely it happened," said Lee Winer, 56, who now lives north of San Francisco. "I can still picture it like it was yesterday."

Others disagree. Helene Davis of Miami said she was an 18-year-old in the front row of the concert with a friend. She said Morrison teased the crowd by pretending he was going to unzip his pants, but never actually exposed himself.

"We were watching and waiting because it was obvious that's where he was going with it," Davis said. "I just remembered thinking, 'Yes, it's going to happen! It's going happen! It's going to happen!' And it never did."
 

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"He actually unzipped and pulled his pants down a little bit, enough where you can see everything. I do remember being shocked when that happened, and definitely it happened," said Lee Winer, 56, who now lives north of San Francisco. "I can still picture it like it was yesterday."

Coincidence? I think not.
 

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Doors' Jim Morrison to get pardoned in Florida? Jim would have told them to "pardon this!!!":dude:
 

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When Jim was on the witness stand and was asked is he exposed himself he said "I don't know I was too drunk to remember" He ended up being convicted of indecent exposure, but not public drunkenness which was also a charge he was being tried for. I always thought that was funny
 

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he did the ole One arm Piccolo Player trick
with his finger through his zipper
 

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I was not aware Morrison had gotten married.
She is his "Widow"?
 

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I was not aware Morrison had gotten married.
She is his "Widow"?

its not what we'd call a legal marriage, it was a Wiccan ceremony or something, Jim later said he was high and did it for a laugh. She got pregnant and during they Miami trial he paid to have her abort it
 

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Ben, where do you get these facts? He did not pay to get her to abort any child, and I know these facts from people who knew Jim, and all of the reputable sources. That happens in the movie.
 

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Ben, where do you get these facts? He did not pay to get her to abort any child, and I know these facts from people who knew Jim, and all of the reputable sources. That happens in the movie.

"No One Here Gets Out Alive", we're not all privy to inside info
 

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Actually, go on The Doors' forum, there are members who discredit that book. I've never believed that, either, personally.
 

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No thanks, not that interested. I was just passing on information I read, that is widely available, in regards to a question that was asked. I dont claim to have been there, or to have known anyone who was there
 

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sad, after mankind being on this planet for so long, that a penis could still cause so much bs

the Indians are founders killed, should be so ashamed
 

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