Looking to fix injustices? Start with living people, Charlie

In today's Friday files, we have bits about everyone from

Bill Sublette



Dean Cannon



Mickey Mouse


Bozo the Clown


But first, let's talk about

Jim Morrison


Charlie Crist

wants to pardon The Doors' front man for his conviction on charges of indecent exposure and profanity.

Why not? Such a crusade seems just about right for Gov. Lightweight.

I mean, sure, we have real, live people sitting in jail for crimes they may not have committed — people whose innocence has been championed by expert legal minds. And Charlie won't lift a finger to look at those cases.


But start talking about a dead celebrity and suddenly Gov. Spotlight is interested.

At this point, I could remind Charlie about


's shameful record of imprisoning the innocent and all the


people whose cases he has refused to even review.

I could remind him that groups like the Innocence Project have begged him, for instance, to simply look into

Brevard County

cases where dozens of people were convicted with testimony for a supposed dog-handling "expert" who was later exposed in court as a fraud.

But I've already done that. So have many others. And Charlie — along with Attorney General

Bill McCollum

— turned a deaf ear towards those issues of justice.

I no longer suffer delusions that Charlie might actually do the right thing for the right reason for regular Floridians.

No, he'll pursue the case involving a dead celebrity … the one that might get him on

Entertainment Tonight

or on page A3 of

The New York Times

, which is where this story ran Thursday.

Fortunately, our next Attorney General,

Pam Bondi

, has vowed to look into the cases involving boring old non-celebrities who may be wrongly rotting away in prison.

So, Charlie, if it's only the dead glitterati who light your fire, knock yourself out.

It's a fitting end to your career.

Name Tags

OK, there are a couple of things I'll miss about Crist

. One is his personality. I loved watching him in action. That man could sweet-talk a baby seal into the mouth of a killer whale. And nobody did vacuous in a more earnest and eloquent fashion. But more importantly, Crist and his veto pen served as the last vestige of moderation in Tallahassee. Our new legislative leaders have made it clear that they view bipartisanship, compromise and governing from the middle as quaint concepts that they'd rather squash than laud.

Credit for efficiency

. One good thing about the new lopsided legislature: They're efficient. In past years, legislatures have dallied for weeks. But on Tuesday, new Speaker

Dean Cannon

and Senate president

Mike Haridopolos

convened a session, made history by overriding eight of Crist's vetoes, and got out. You may not like their actions. But at least they were quick about it.

Good luck, Bill

. Without much hubbub,

Bill Sublette

made history this week when he was sworn in as Orange County's first countywide elected school board chair. I like Sublette. I think he's passionate about schools and kids from different backgrounds. He's well-versed. And, unlike many politicians, he's more of a thinking man than ideologue. I also like that Sublette has set a goal of improving the system's graduation rate. That may sound obvious. But for too long some school officials have focused as much on excuses as results. I hope Sublette and the other board members, who are saying the right things about working together, are successful — and strong enough to stand united and tall against the Tallahassee forces that constantly try to short-change our schools, teachers and children.

Name your own candidates

. In perusing the write-in votes on this year's ballots, "

None of the above

" and "

Anyone else

" fared well. (They usually do.) But the most popular write-in name in both Orange and Seminole was McCollum, whom

Rick Scott

bounced off the ballot in the gubernatorial primary. McCollum was followed by

Jeb Bush


Mickey Mouse

… followed by perennial also-rans, like



I.P. Freely


Yo Mama

. None of these votes counted. (Only votes for registered write-ins do.) That may make other write-in choices like




Hillary Clinton

feel somewhat better — since both were bested in

Seminole County


Captain Crunch


Bozo the Clown


Scott Maxwell can be reached at or 407-420-6141.