Widow: Jim Morrison wouldn’t have wanted a pardon

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MIAMI (AP) - The widow of The Doors singer Jim Morrison says Florida’s intention to pardon him for a 1969 indecent exposure conviction is a cheap political ploy.

Patricia Kennealy Morrison told The Associated Press Thursday that she’s not pleased with the pardon and doesn’t think the late singer would be either because he didn’t expose himself on stage as some claim.

She says the conviction should be expunged or the verdict overturned as fraud rather than just pardoned.

She says the two were married in a pagan ceremony by a Presbyterian minister about a year before he was found dead in a Paris bathtub in 1971.

Jim Morrison was appealing the conviction when he died. Gov. Charlie Crist planned to ask the Clemency Board for the pardon Thursday and it is expected to pass.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The Doors singer Jim Morrison will get a posthumous pardon for an indecent exposure conviction in Florida after Gov. Charlie Crist got a commitment for enough votes from other members of the state’s Board of Executive Clemency to approve it.

Morrison was appealing the conviction when he was found dead in a Paris bathtub in 1971. The meeting Thursday comes a day after the singer would have turned 67.

Crist can’t issue a pardon on his own. He and the three-member Cabinet serve as the Clemency Board. Approval is required by the governor and at least two other members.

The did-he-or-didn’t-he debate over what happened at the Miami concert was revived by Crist’s interest in the case. The surviving band members say a drunken Morrison teased the crowd, but never exposed himself.

“It never actually happened. It was mass hypnosis,” said Ray Manzarek, The Doors’ keyboard player.

Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger said Morrison’s behavior was influenced by an acting troupe that disrobed during plays.

“He was just doing a mind trip _ as they would say _ a mind trip on the audience and they totally fell for it,” Manzarek said.

Manzarek said Morrison was far drunker than usual, to the point where they questioned whether he should go on stage.

Gov. Crist began considering a pardon for Morrison in 2007 at the at the urging of a fan. He says he has doubts about whether Morrison actually exposed himself during the rowdy concert March 1, 1969. Morrison was convicted of public profanity and indecent exposure and sentenced to six months in jail and a $500 fine.

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