Jim Morrison pardoned by Florida for his night of infamy, 41 years on

Jim Morrison is to receive a pardon from Charlie Crist, Florida's outgoing governor, over his 1969 convictions for indecent exposure and profanity. Photograph: Yale Joel/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image
Jim Morrison is to receive a pardon from Charlie Crist, Florida's outgoing governor, over his 1969 convictions for indecent exposure and profanity. Photograph: Yale Joel/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image
THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY CHRIS MCGREAL AND PUBLISHED BY THE GUARDIAN ON DECEMBER 9, 2010.

In the words of Jim Morrison: This is the end. Nearly four decades after his death, Florida's clemency board pardoned the legendary Doors frontman of convictions for indecent exposure and profanity at a Miami concert that were apparently driven by official hostility to the counterculture of the time.

The outgoing governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, engineered the pardon because he said there were grave doubts as to whether Morrison, who died in his bath in Paris in 1971, was guilty.

But one of Morrison's lawyers says he probably was guilty, although he also thinks it ironic that the singer was cleared of the one offence he undoubtedly committed – being very drunk in public during the concert.

Morrison was arrested after a raucous performance at a Miami venue in 1969 in which he was accused of dropping his trousers and launching a drunken and profanity-laced anti-authority rant.

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