JOE Exotic’s request for a presidential pardon has made it to the desk of Donald Trump, it was reported on Tuesday.
The Tiger King star has received assurances that his bid for freedom has made it to the Oval Office, TMZ reports – months after President Trump vowed to “take a look” at the case.
Joe Exotic was reassured his pardon request made it to Trump’s deskCredit: AP:Associated Press
Trump said he would consider the pardon request Credit: Twitter
Given the assurance, Exotic’s lawyers were able to dismiss a legal complaint they filed last week to have the White House Pardon Attorney pass his request up to the president, according to the site.
Exotic, whose legal name is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, was convicted on 17 federal charges of animal abuse in 2019.
Eight of those charges were in violation of the Lacey Act, which prohibits the trade of organisms attained illegally, and nine were in violation of the Endangered Species Act, which is designed to protect vulnerable species from extinction.
He was also charged on two counts of attempted murder for hire after trying to kill Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin.
Exotic is sentenced to 22 years in federal prisonCredit: Splash News
Trump pardoned 15 people last weekCredit: AFP – Getty
Exotic is currently serving a 22-year sentence in federal prison, but he hopes his pardon would cut that rather short.
His legal team had been planning on sending Exotic’s pardon request to Trump for months, and are hoping it would be the answer to Exotic’s legal problems.
Trump vowed he would pardon Exotic if his case warranted it.
Just last week, Trump issued a whole slew of pardons for 15 people. He also commuted five other sentences.
Just this year, Netflix released “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” an eight-part documentary series based on Exotic’s life and his feud with Baskin.
It also led to Exotic received plenty of attention on social media.
Exotic, who had acquired a number of tiger in unclear methods, had been using the tiger cubs in his show at his zoo, which had received a number of violations by the USDA’s Animal Welfare Act in 2006.
Exotic took social media by storm after the Netflix documentary “Tiger King”Credit: AP:Associated Press
He was convicted of violating various wildlife acts as well as attempting to hire an undercover FBI agent to kill Carole BaskinCredit: Instagram
Inn 2011, Baskin organized protests against Exotic’s use of the cubs in his shows.
Exotic then used Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue name in his marketing in retaliation, forcing Baskin to sue Exotic for trademark infringement.
She was awarded a $1 million settlement in compensation, but he has yet to pay back the settlement.
Exotic was arrested on September 7, 2018 in Florida after the US Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement, the FBI, the US Marshals, and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation conducted an investigation into his zoo.
They found Exotic attempted to hire an undercover FBI agent to kill Baskin for interfering with his zoo.
After his sentencing on January 22, 2019, Baskin acquired control of his property as Exotic remains incarcerated at the federal prison in Fort Worth.
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