Florida Governor To Pardon Jim Morrison

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) – When exiting a governor’s post there are often some last minute requests. For some it can include passing bills or enforcing laws to improve the safety and quality of life for its citizens — but for outgoing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, it’s cleaning the slate for late rocker Jim Morrison.

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Crist wants a state pardon for long-dead rocker Jim Morrison, who was convicted of exposing himself at a raucous 1969 concert in Miami.

Crist said Wednesday he’s convinced that prosecutors at the time were trying to make an example of The Doors lead singer rather than try a legitimate case.

“We all have a responsibility where appropriate to seek forgiveness,” he said.

So can Crist really pull this off?

He will need the support of at least two other Cabinet members to approve a pardon, which may be more ceremonial since Florida doesn’t have procedures for posthumous pardons.

Morrison didn’t have the chance to fight the charges. He died in 1971 in Paris while appealing his conviction.

Crist, a Republican-turned-independent, lost his bid for a U.S. Senate seat earlier this month.

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