Jim Morrison pardoned by Charlie Crist?
It's never too late to make amends to a dead rock star. Forty-one years after Jim Morrison was convicted in Florida of exposing himself during a concert, the outgoing governor Charlie Crist wants to forgive the singer of his crime.
"My heart bleeds for he and his family that this may not have even ever happened, yet it's unfortunately currently part of his record," Crist told the New York Times.
The singer was convicted but was appealing the sentence when he died in Paris in 1971. Crist said he would submit Morrison's name to the state's clemency board, which would have to approve the pardon.
Crist told the Associated Press, "We all have a responsibility where appropriate to seek forgiveness." Why Crist chose the deceased Morrison as an example of redemption is anyone's guess.
The Awl sees it as an attempt by Crist "to form a coalition of grizzled '60s relics and disaffected thirteen-year-old boys."
I'm betting that Charlie Crist read Keith Richards's biography and realized he needed to find a rock star who wouldn't be able to make fun of him for the pardon.
Richards criticized Mike Huckabee's 2006 pardon of the Rolling Stones guitarist. Holly Bailey at Yahoo! News' the Ticket wrote:
"There was nothing to pardon," Richards writes. "There was no crime on the slate in Fordyce, but that didn't matter, I got pardoned anyway." Rather, the guitarist writes, it was Huckabee's "political ambitions" that led to the pardon.
| November 17, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
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