As you know Max Fink, Jim Morrison's attorney filed an appeal immediately following Jim's sentencing. This memoradum was part of the FBI's documentation of May 15 1969. The Feds refused to prosecute Jim but the state of Florida proceeded. I believe that Jim's appeal would have aquitted him of all charges.
Besides that FBI document of May 15 1969 indicating that they were not interested in prosecuting Jim. Max Fink could have kept the trial on appeal for many months if not years. In consideration of this there would be several other high profile cases tried before the court system following Jim’s sentencing on October 30 1970.
During the time Jim Morrison would have been awaiting his appeal to go to trial, another high profile case would have saturated the news media that overshadowed Jim’s two misdemeanor charges. The film Deep Throat, which was filmed in Coconut Grove, Florida was scene as a major interest to not only Federal Prosecutors but also prosecutors in 36 states as the publicity gained momentum.
The film was released in 1972 and was shown in Miami, the place that had vowed earlier, during Jims trial that they would not tolerate such indecency in their state. It is a fact that during Jim’s trial Judge Goodman denied the defense to take the jury to see a production of “Hair” and the “Woodstock” film but during the appeal other evidence could have been introduced far more incriminating to the City of Miami than the production of “Hair” and the “Woodstock” film.
In 2005, a documentary titled, “Inside Deep Throat” included footage of the Rally For Decency held in Miami in 1969 which came about as a result of The Doors performance in Miami. This film clip was shown at the beginning of the documentary which starts the history rolling of what was to become the standards of which selected performers and filmmakers were judged. The end result of the trials surrounding the Deep Throat fiasco resulted in nil for the prosecutors. It did cost the tax payers millions of dollars just as it cost the taxpayers a considerable amount of change to prosecute Jim Morrison of which upon the case being dismissed would have resulted in a complete waste of time and money.
In addition to the question of decency reported by the press during the Morrison trial there was also some politicians who chose to cite The Doors as a group, their music and their audience as people who used drugs and encouraged people to do drugs. The Doors did not have to encourage any drug use as it was a community standard within Dade County at that time. Even as the Doors concert was in progress at Dinner Key Auditorium kilos of drugs were being off loaded in the open onto docks within Dade County to await distribution.
Following these community standards was the fact that in 1973 a woman by the name Greselda Blanco blew into town and set up shop in the City of Miami following her indictment in New York City on drug charges. Blanco, known as the Godmother of the Cocaine Trade enjoyed free rein within Dade County for the next ten years. During this time period the City of Miami failed to protect its citizens as such was known as the “Murder Capital Of The World.”
Similar points were raised as Max Fink made his case before a Florida jury in 1970.
Considering the events going on in Miami at the time of the Morrison trial have anything to do with the fact that the Feds were not interested in prosecuting Morrison themselves?
J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI at the time exchanged regular correspondence with concerned politicians regarding Jim’s case vowing to take action against Morrison. But then a branch of his own people are unwilling to prosecute Morrison on any alleged charges. This doesn’t make sense.
In lieu of this information, and in my opinion the good people who are currently working to get a pardon for Morrison should make it known to the City of Miami the other cases that would have been in the spotlight during Morrison’s appeal. The politicians would certainly not welcome the publicity that would show among other things that a considerable amount of tax payers money was wasted on trials such as Jim’s and therefore, the city should dismiss the charges leveled against Morrison.
The bottom line is where would Jim's case fit among these other cases that were filtering through the court system? Jim would be nothing but a plankton on the chalk line of the Atlantic. The charges against him would have been dropped and he would have walked away a free man - had he lived.
On a side note I wonder why the Morrison Biographers failed to find that May 15 1969 FBI memo for inclusion in their books? I’ve had that document for years so understand why the didn’t come across a copy during their research phase. It would have certainly made for an interesting discussion.