On August 10th, 1970 the trial of Jim Morrison officially started at the Dade Co…
Written by megarock on August 10, 2018
On August 10th, 1970 the trial of Jim Morrison officially started at the Dade County Courthouse in Miami, FL. It was Case No. 69-2355 “State Of Florida vs. James Douglas Morrison”. The trial which lasted until October made national news and many people, including Jim, the band members, and legal attorneys on both sides of the case felt it was a joke. But the judge for the case, Murray Goodman was determined to make an example out of Jim for political and financial reasons, and all efforts were made to convict him. On September 20th, Morrison was convicted with Open Profanity and Indecent Exposure, with the right to appeal, and given a 6 month prison sentence and $500 fine. Jim was released on bond pending his appeal, and said that he would appeal the case for as long as it takes.
Morrison decided to head to France after the trial. In February of 1971, Jim learned that French law said that he could not legally be extradited back to the U.S. to face the charges.
Jim never came back from Paris.
Did any of you follow this trial while it was going on 48 years ago?