Judge Ellen James Morphonios (September 30, 1929 – December 22, 2002) was a Dade County, Florida Circuit Judge, best-remembered for having prosecuted rock star Jim Morrison (The Doors) for allegedly exposing himself. She was nicknamed "Maximum Morphonios" for the long sentences she routinely handed down.
A native of Hyde County, North Carolina, Morphonios was a former model and beauty queen who passed a Florida exam that allowed her to enter law school without an undergraduate degree. She was also a member of Mensa.
She wrote an autobiography, Maximum Morphonios: The Life and Times of America's Toughest Judge (ISBN 0688091555).
Morphonios retired following a series of corruption allegations that targeted a number of Dade County judges. No allegations against Morphonios were substantiated. She returned briefly to the bench in 1997.
Ellen Morphonios died on Sunday, December 22, 2002 from stomach cancer. She is survived by her two sons; Dale and Dean Morphonios, and her four grandchildren; Jake Morphonios, Jade Morphonios Sanders, Kimberly Morphonios Long, and Matthew Morphonios.
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