Morrison was appealing the conviction when he was found dead in a Paris bathtub in 1971. Crist has been considering a pardon since a fan suggested it in 2007 but has waited until his final Clemency Board meeting. Crist leaves office Jan. 4.
The governor says he has doubts about whether Morrison exposed his penis during a rowdy Miami concert on March 1, 1969. The surviving band members say a drunken Morrison teased the crowd, but never actually exposed himself.