Wednesday April 11, 2007

Charlie Crist is considering pardoning Jim Morrison for indecent exposure in Coconut Grove in 1969.

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  1. Daniel M. Perez    Wed Apr 11, 01:05 PM #  

    Should we tell Charlie that Jim’s dead or do we let him figure that one out all on his own?

  2. Virginia    Thu Apr 12, 09:35 PM #  

    mr. mojo rissin was a seminole, as in, florida state seminole… so is charlie christ… in other words, it’s a ‘nole thing.

  3. alesh    Fri Apr 13, 06:55 AM #  

    Not that I actually care, but I’m thinking about calling bullshit on “Morrison wouldn’t have been charged if the same situation occurred today.” I think if a rock singer pulled out his schlong in front of an auditorium-sized crowd he’d be arrested just as fast.

  4. Manola Blablablanik    Fri Apr 13, 03:24 PM #  

    Didn’t he pee on the audience or is that just legend?

    Alesh, I agree. Good thing Don Imus didn’t pull out his schlong!

  5. alesh    Fri Apr 13, 04:50 PM #  

    The extent of my knowledge about that incident comes from that terrible Doors movie, so I dunno.

    Now that I think about it, there should be more pants-dropping in rock shows. R Kelly supposedly drops his pants in concert once in awhile, but he keeps his boxers on. In my youth I went to a Crue show where Tommy Lee mooned the audience.

  6. Dave Diamond    Fri Apr 13, 11:24 PM #  

    Inside the Jim Morrison Pardon Quest: Going Back To Miami
    By Dave Diamond

    There is an effort underway by the Doors Collectors Magazine, a popular
    online Doors fan site, to request the Governor of Florida Charlie Crist to
    consider an unprecedented full and absolute posthumous pardon for the late
    famed Doors lead singer Jim Morrison, a citizen of Melbourne Florida. The
    effort was initiated in 1996, when several infractions about the September
    1970 conviction of Jim Morrison stemming from the now infamous March 1969
    Doors concert put on at the Dinner Key Auditorium were discovered upon
    re-review of this case.

    Over the years, efforts to make the general music media and many elements of
    Florida government aware of these infractions and trying to shed new light
    on evidence never before heard or having not been allowed to be presented at
    the initial trial, have been met with basic apathy, misinformation, rumors,
    speculations and public “arm chair” jurying. The end result of the
    unchallenged convictions have come to be accepted by most Doors fans and the
    mainstream press as nothing more than the typical myth and mystique that
    surround most of the legendary bands from the Sixties, often retold as facts
    to generation after generation. Many in the music press over the years have
    cemented Jim Morrison’s “iconic” outlaw image largely due to the notoriety
    of this particular case, thus diminishing his true contribution to popular
    American music and literature.

    In a true twist of irony, Morrison’s actions on that abysmal evening in
    Miami served to end what has now become accepted as his “Lizard King”
    stature, thus attempting to change his image into a more simple poet weary
    of the public excess. Ensuing years saw many fans and historians come to
    accept him as a martyr for the 1st Amendment, an outlaw who fought the law,
    a pure symbol of freedom against the oppresive and turbulent times of the
    Sixties. Many longtime Doors fans, including the band members themselves,
    saw this particular concert as the end of all that was legit with this band
    and their live performances, an innocence gone. On the other hand, some fans
    latched onto the notoriety, largely due to the music press & politcians who
    were hell bent on making Morrison the cherry on the cake of the Sixties’

    When the image, the music, the Sixties, Vietnam, the press, individual
    historical interpretation, the general apathy and all of those other
    elements are stripped away, what’s left is the law and the Miami case
    itself. The effort of the Doors Collectors Magazine has been examining the
    1970 Miami trial for 11 years, without thought to anything outside of the
    case itself. Upon in-depth review of the case, several well documented
    Constitutional violations were found, violations that very simply denied
    true justice in this case. Morrison’s defense was barred from presenting key
    evidence and witnesses who could have clearly exonerated him. Morrison had
    the right to confront his accusers, but the then-Mayor of Dade County and
    the officials who brought the charges on did not appear for testimony. Many
    of the witnesses that were present had no real consistent recollections of
    the Miami concert. Witness accounts varied and memory lapses were frequent.

    Forget for a moment that he IS Jim Morrison. We looked at this from the
    standpoint that he was a citizen of Florida who was denied true justice for
    several reasons. It was a politically motivated case to begin with. There
    are musicians, bands and performers over the years who have done far worse
    that pop off some profanity onstage and they were never arrested and
    charged. The officials involved in the Morrison case were under pressure to
    act. If Jim Morrison had INDEED committed the offenses at hand, he would
    have been arrested that night during or directly after the Miami performance
    just as he was during the now infamous 1968 New Haven concert, where he was
    maced in the eyes by a police officer before the show. During the Miami
    performance, the police had no probable cause to arrest Jim Morrison and
    they didn’t. In fact, it was proven that many of the police officers in
    attendance that night were seen laughing, joking and hanging out with The
    Doors before, during and after the show. If there was no cause for arrest
    during that timeframe, then the ensuing charges only underscore the
    political pressure that followed.

    With regard to the now legendary question of the alleged exposure, there are
    no credible witnesses, photographs or any film/video that can prove with
    100% certainty that this incident occured. Under oath in the Dade Couty
    Court, during his 1970 trial, Jim Morrison testified that he did not expose
    himself. The jury found him GUILTY of this charge even though the State of
    Florida could not & did not LEGALLY prove this incident happened beyond a
    reasonable doubt!

    Further, the charge of public intoxication is mind boggling in how the jury
    handled this. There are several audio CDs out there that clearly demonstrate
    that Morrison was intoxicated. Morrison was found NOT GUILTY on the charge
    of public intoxication by the jury! What exactly was WRONG with this jury?
    How exactly did they base their findings? Why didn’t the Florida press pick
    up on this right then and there?

    It is common knowledge that Jim Morrison remained free on bail, pending
    appeal. He died July 3rd, 1971, but that’s NOT where the story ends! His
    appeal was never heard! THAT point right there is what led to the formation
    of this current pardon effort, in light of two legal precedents that have
    come to light in the last few years, that when compared and applied to
    Morrison’s conviction, paint a much different picture.

    1. December 23, 2003- New York Governor George Pataki issued an official
    Pardon to famed Sixties comedian Lenny Bruce. Pataki called his decision,
    the first posthumous pardon in New York state history, “a declaration of New
    York’s commitment to upholding the First Amendment.”

    2. On October 17, 2006, Enron founder Ken Lay died prior to exhausting his
    appeals, his conviction was abated. Precedent in the Fifth Circuit Court of
    Appeals, the federal appellate court governing the district where Lay was
    indicted, indicates that abatement had to be automatically granted. When
    abatement occurs, the law views it as though he had never been indicted,
    tried and convicted. The government opposed Lay’s attorneys’ motion for
    abatement, and the Department of Justice issued a statement that it “remains
    committed to pursuing all available legal remedies and to reclaim for
    victims the proceeds of crimes committed by Ken Lay.”

    Jim Morrison himself had this to say in 1971, months before his passing to
    LA reporter Bob Chorush about the Miami verdicts: “I got acquitted on
    everything else. We were trying to get this erased because it’s not good to
    have something like that on your record. It’s just if something really
    serious happens then you have a record and it looks a lot worse. The trouble
    with all these busts is that people I know, friends of mine, think it’s
    funny and they like to believe it’s true and they accept it; people that
    don’t like me like to believe it because I’m the reincarnation of everything
    they consider evil. I get hung both ways.”

    It doesn’t matter if one is a fan of Jim Morrison or not. What matters here
    is a citizen of Florida was convicted in the Dade County Criminal Court in a
    case where due process of law was not properly applied. These facts, in
    light of the newer precedents, can no longer be ingnored by the State of
    Florida. It is the intention of Doors Collectors Magazine to provide
    Governor Crist with all resources available to seriously consider a pardon
    and finally after almost forty years, bring this case to a close once and
    for all. If it could happen to Jim Morrison, it could happen to any one of
    us! In the interest of true justice and closure for the Morrison family, it
    is being asked of Governor Crist to issue the pardon and abate Case# 69-2355
    State of Florida vs. James Douglas Morrison off the current and future
    Florida law books.

  7. Horvath    Thu Apr 19, 07:30 AM #  

    I hope Gov. Christ realizes the people of Florida would rather he spent his time working on reducing property taxes and insurance rather than pardoning a sixties druggy. I graduated in 1964 (Miami) and listened to Jim Morrison’s music. He did what he did and was found guilty. A pardon to bring closure to his family? And true justice for his family. Give me a break.
    I think it is part of Jim’s history and the record should stand.
    Let’s all write Gov. Christ and tell him to forget the pardon and get on with reducing our taxes and insurance. Something that will benefit the citizens of Florida.