Almost 40 years after his death, Jim Morrison could finally be allowed to rest in peace after the Governor of Florida said he was willing to consider a posthumous pardon of The Doors singer, who was sentenced to jail in 1969 for indecent exposure and profanity at a concert in Miami.

Charlie Crist, who leaves office after Christmas, said the enduringly controversial circumstances of Morrison's conviction are "something I'm willing to look into in the time I have left". He told an interviewer: "Anything is possible!"

On March 1, 1969 a highly inebriated Morrison enlivened a gig by repeatedly swearing at the sell-out crowd, and is said to have exposed his genitalia.

In his subsequent obscenity trial, which lasted six weeks and included heated discussion about free speech, Morrison was cleared of lascivious behaviour and drunkenness. But he was found guilty of profanity and indecent exposure, and sentenced to six months in prison and fined US$500.

An appeal was still in the court system two years later when Morrison died.

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