On the Radar: Jim Morrison pardon, Wesley Snipes to prison, "don't ask"
December 9th, 2010
11:27 AM ET

On the Radar: Jim Morrison pardon, Wesley Snipes to prison, "don't ask"

"The End" of a conviction: Lame-duck Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is expected to pardon singer Jim Morrison on Thursday for a 1969 indecent exposure conviction.

Morrison (second from right), lead singer of the Doors, was convicted a few weeks after a Miami concert in which he allegedly dropped his pants and exposed himself, though no photos of Morrison committing the act were introduced into evidence.

The Doors canceled their tour after the conviction. Morrison died in Paris in 1971.

"Blade" behind bars? Actor Wesley Snipes has not received a pardon and is expected to report to federal prison Thursday to begin serving a three-year sentence for failing to file tax returns.

"We still have prayers out there. We still believe in miracles. So don't send me up the river yet," Snipes said on CNN's "Larry King Live" on Tuesday night.

Prosecutors said Snipes earned $40 million since 1999 but had filed no returns and had been involved in a tax resisters group.

Snipes disputed such involvement and said that the failure to file was his advisers' fault.

"Don't ask" vote may come soon: Speaking of taxes, the U.S. Senate initially put off a vote on repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" law until it completes work on the tax-cut deal Republican lawmakers worked out with President Obama this week.

However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may be pressing ahead for a Thursday vote on the military's policy toward gays anyway.

Republicans consider the tax legislation to be the Senate's top priority for its end-of-term, lame-duck session.

If the deal holds, the Bush-era tax cuts will be extended for two years. As a concession, Republicans agreed to extend unemployment benefits for 13 months; the payroll tax will drop by 2 percentage points for a year.

In the holiday spirit: On a lighter note for the White House, the National Christmas Tree lighting is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET Thursday. B.B. King, Maroon 5 and Sara Bareilles will provide musical entertainment.

CNN.com will carry the event live.


Filed under: Crime • Gay and lesbian • Taxes
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Frank

    People,
    I remember hearing about that incident.If Morrison were alive today he would probably say:and I am being kind now;SHOVE YOUR PARDON .............WHERE THE SUN DON'T SHINE!

    December 9, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    PS,
    Since everyone knows you faked your death in Paris in 71 and your living in Germany under an assumed name,you should really E-Mail the Governer to tell him what you really think of his pardon of you.I would think it would be more colorful than my previous description.

    December 9, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Homer Simpson

    is it too late to play the race card? Or has he tried that already?

    December 9, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. lilsusie

    Wes, you needed a better attorney.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sgt. Slaughter

    Definately the wrong lawyer.....

    Should have used a WHITE – ESTABLISHMENT law firm

    December 9, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sgt. Slaughter

    Definitely the wrong lawyer.....

    Should have used a WHITE – ESTABLISHMENT law firm

    December 9, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. shankU2death

    To all you F***ed up Americans, head down to one of the millions of ghettos you have and talk your Bulls*it, You will never be seen again. You Fake Mutha Fu*ka's. F.O.D.

    December 9, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tommy Fitz

    What a shame that Wes Snipes is in jail, the facts are he was never convicted for tax evasion that would be a felony he was convicted for not filing a tax return which is a misdemeanor which carries a max of a one year sentence since it was three filings he missed he got three years. He was deceived by his former accountant/attorney but has made up for all by squaring up with the IRS so why the sentence, a good family man who grew up n the Bronx and never had truoble with the law.

    December 9, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ms. Anal Rectal

    He better pray he dont drop the soap!

    December 9, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kay nwk

    Some of the stuff come out up here is just plain STUPID! To the 1's playing the race card get a f'ing life. Those who just was being stupid KICK ROCK you jerks!!!

    December 9, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. urbangroove

    Et go craw under some dog crap

    December 9, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. respect

    Wesley snaps will get off for number 1 he is famous and pluse he never had troubel with the law.

    December 10, 2010 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. afropick

    Sgt. Slaughter
    Definitely the wrong lawyer.....

    Should have used a WHITE – ESTABLISHMENT law firm

    his Layers were Black and very much qualified

    it is a shame he has been treated worse than a rapist for not being represented properly by his tax preparer

    December 12, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. afropick

    god point->Tommy Fitz
    What a shame that Wes Snipes is in jail, the facts are he was never convicted for tax evasion that would be a felony he was convicted for not filing a tax return which is a misdemeanor which carries a max of a one year sentence since it was three filings he missed he got three years. He was deceived by his former accountant/attorney but has made up for all by squaring up with the IRS so why the sentence, a good family man who grew up n the Bronx and never had truoble with the law.

    December 12, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |