Charlie Crist May Finally Pardon Jim Morrison
"Candidly, it's something that I haven't given a lot of thought to, but it's something I'm willing to look into in the time I have left," Crist tells The Hill. "Anything is possible."
Pardons in Florida must go through the Board of Executive Clemency, which has one final meeting Dec. 9. Crist, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, Attorney General Bill McCollum and Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson all sit on the board, but all will leave office in January.Morrison was eventually cleared of the public drunkenness charges, despite clearly being drunk. He was eventually convicted of profanity and indecent exposure. Morrison never served any time in prison as he died in Paris in 1971.
Under state law, a pardon must have the consent of Crist and at least two other members. Bronson spokesman Terence McElroy said Bronson is willing to consider it, while a McCollum spokesman said McCollum would consider it only if Crist brings it forward.
Many Morrison fans claim the trial was a shame and have tried to clear their heroes ever since. Plus, let's be honest getting drunk, shouting curses and maybe exposing a little flesh is more or less standard business in Miami night life now a days.
[Hill: Crist willing to consider Jim Morrison pardon before leaving office]