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Caught in the Act
Doors lead singer Jim Morrison (pictured) was arrested in March 1969, while on stage, during a concert, for allegedly exposing himself to the audience. He was tried in Dade County, Fla., in 1970 and was convicted of misdemeanor indecent exposure and profanity charges. Morrison was allegedly trying to incite a riot at the time, and never, as Doors drummer, John Densmore, insisted, exposed himself. He was sentenced to six months of hard labor, a $500 fine for public exposure, and sixty days of hard labor for profanity. The sentences were to run concurrently and Morrison would be eligible for release after two months. He appealed the verdict, but died before it could be brought to trial. He was pardoned posthumously in December 2009.
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