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Let's keep Jim Morrison disreputable

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Jim_lThe big news of this new day: Jim Morrison is still dead. But the Lizard King isn’t resting peacefully, says one fan from Dayton, Ohio, who is lobbying Florida’s governor to pardon the late frontman of the Doors for alleged naughty behavior during a Miami-area concert 38 years ago. Morrison’s infamous 1969 conviction for indecent exposure and profanity was on appeal when he died two years later, in Paris, at age 27. So justice, this fan argues, never has been served.

Well, all right, I’ll bite — this may be merely a shameless publicity stunt on the part of the Ohio man who’s raising the issue, but I still think he’s wrong. One theory has always been that Morrison’s legal snafu was unfair and contributed to his band’s dissolution. I’d submit, however, that because so much of his legend is based on him having been a bad boy — this Miami episode being the main illustration of that reputation — washing it from the record almost does a kind of twisted disservice to Morrison’s legacy. Sure, the rock star always denied he did anything wrong, and it’s always important to preserve the integrity of the American legal process, but posthumously pardoning Morrison could ruin his reputation.

Wouldn’t justice best be served in this case by not being served? Who’s with me, PopWatchers?

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