Carole Baskin is most likely cackling to herself right now. That, or she is feeding her cats a big bowl of revenge. Joe Exotic failed to get a pardon from outgoing President Donald Trump, even though his legal team was so confident that he was getting one that they even had a limo ready for his potential release.
The Netflix star, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was not on the list of more than 100 pardons and commutations that Donald Trump issued on his last day as President of The United States.
“It is the President’s Constitutional right to Pardon and we have to accept and respect his use of discretion. Our mission is just and continues,” Exotic’s lawyer, Francisco Hernandez, wrote on social media.
Joe Exotic Fails To Get A Pardon From Outgoing President Donald Trump
Eric Love, who spearheaded Exotic’s bid for freedom, believed that his client would be released from Forth Worth’s Federal Medical Center. We’re confident enough we already have a limousine parked about half a mile from the prison. We are really in action mode right now,” he said to Metro.co.uk.
The zookeeper-turned-reality-TV-star was sentenced in January 2020 to 22 years in federal prison for violating federal wildlife laws and for his role in a failed murder-for-hire plot targeting his chief rival, Carole Baskin. She runs a rescue sanctuary for big cats in Tampa, Florida. Baskin was never harmed.
It was earlier reports that in his pardon application filed in September, Maldonado-Passage’s attorneys argued that he was “railroaded and betrayed” by others. Maldonado-Passage, 57, is scheduled to be released from custody in 2037, but his attorneys said in the application that “he will likely die in prison” because of health concerns.
So far Joe Exotic’s team has made no additional comments about the matter.
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