The Florida Board of Executive Clemency voted unanimously Thursday to pardon Jim Morrison, legendary singer for The Doors, decades after Morrison was convicted of indecent exposure and open profanity.
The Doors had been performing a concert at Miami’s Key Auditorium on March 1, 1969, when the incident took place. Morrison was accused of unzipping his pants and simulating a sex act, a charge which he adamantly denied.
He was convicted of indecent exposure and open profanity and sentenced to six months. He was still appealing the verdict in 1971 when he died in of a heart attack at the young age of 27.
Doors fans, arguing that the trial was a sham because of lack of supporting evidence, have long appealed for an official pardon for Morrison.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who proposed the official pardon, said, "What I do know is that if someone hasn’t committed a crime, that should be recognized.We live in a civil society that understands that lasting legacy of a human being, and maybe the last act for which they may be known, is something that never occurred in the first place, it’s never a bad idea to try to right a wrong."