President Donald Trump has actually declined to give a pardon to “Tiger King” star Joseph Maldonado-Passage, more typically referred to as Joe Exotic.
Maldonado-Passage, 57, shot to popularity as the vibrant star of Tiger King: Murder, Trouble and Insanity launched in March, drawing the attention of the president’s kid, Donald Trump Jr., amongst lots of others.
The previous Oklahoma zookeeper has actually been serving a 22- year federal prison sentence in Fort Worth after being founded guilty in a not successful murder-for-hire plot targeting long time rival, animal rights activist Carole Baskin, who also was featured plainly in the popular docu-series, and for violating federal wildlife laws.
Given That Tiger King premiered, his fans have actually mounted an aggressive project for Trump to grant his early release from jail.
Maldonado-Passage’s lawyers submitted a 257- page official application with the U.S. Department of Justice in September.
” He humbly demands a pardon to remedy the injustices he has actually experienced and to have the opportunity to go back to offering meaningful contributions to his neighborhood,” his legal team wrote in his plea.
Maldonado-Passage had a limousine stationed by the prison ready to select him up if the pardon was approved, according to Eric Love, a member of Maldonado-Passage’s legal team.
Trump had not previously indicated how he planned to react, but in April, the president told press reporters he would “have a look” at the case.
The file included a handwritten note from Maldonado-Passage to Trump, attracting Trump’s own brushes with federal private investigators.
” I see what they do to you, and I can’t think it,” Maldonado-Passage composed, including that he had elected Trump in 2016.
His advocates have continued to blast regular requests for a pardon to Trump through Twitter, and a signboard advocating for Trump to “Pardon Joe Exotic” was erected in Florida before Trump traveled to Mar-a-Lago for the holidays. The White House has actually said Trump has been holding regular meetings and call while on trip, without providing specifics. Trump likewise has actually held several golf outings.
Maldonado-Passage’s legal team argued in his pardon petition that he was “simply some gay, gun-toting redneck in Oklahoma” and didn’t plan to hurt Baskin, who went on to appear on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars competition while Maldonado-Passage was behind bars.
Trump, who hasn’t yielded the November 3 presidential election to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden and continues to install unwarranted legal difficulties to the election outcome, has granted lots of requests for pardons or commutations in recent weeks, consisting of close partners connected to examinations that led to Trump’s impeachment by the Democrat-led U.S. House a year ago.