Thursday, December 9, 2010

Pardon me boys

Florida's Clemency Board today granted a pardon to late Doors singer Jim Morrison that had been recommended by outgoing Governor Charlie Crist.

The matter was best summed up by Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek, who has always maintained that Morrison never exposed himself in front of a Miami audience during a 1969 concert.

"Jim's legacy is one of Dionysian madness and frenzy and of a chaotic American poet," Manzarek told the Associated Press. "I don't think that the Miami episode has altered his image one iota."

The story noted two other posthumous pardons. Comedian Lenny Bruce was pardoned in 2003, 37 years after his death, for using obscenity in a Greenwich Village nightclub in 1964. And in 2007 Johnny Cash, who spent one night in jail for public drunkenness in 1965, received a symbolic pardon from a Starkville, Mississippi judge.

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