JOE Exotic’s lawyers are so confident Trump will pardon the Netflix superstar today that they have booked a limo to pick him up from jail.
But with just one day left as President of the United States, will Donald Trump free the Tiger King?
Will Donald Trump pardon Joe Exotic?
Donald Trump is expected to pardon over a hundred people today in his final day as President.
Speculation is rife over who the President will pardon in his final hours in office, with concerns the President could attempt to preemptively pardon his close family, or even himself.
One hopeful felon is Tiger King star Joe Exotic.
Currently caged for 22 years for plotting to kill big cat rival Carole Baskin, Joe Exotic is “praying” that he will receive a pardon from the President later today.
In fact, his legal team is so confident he will be freed, they have concocted an “Iron Clad Project” to get Joe out of prison, including hiring a limo and a hair and makeup artist to whisk him away in style.
In April 2020, Trump said he would “take a look” at pardoning Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado Passage, – but also admitted “I know nothing about it”.
Despite his comments, Trump has yet to free the Tiger King from his sentence.
Ahead of today’s announcement, Joe Exotic tweeted: “I pray to God that Trump has me on that list for the 19th right next to Don Jr and thousands of others.
“There is a new line of evidence coming this week to show the corruption in the DOJ.”
The Tiger King star recently filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department for not presenting an earlier request for a pardon to President Trump himself, according to the New York Post.
And Exotic has even penned a desperate letter to Kim Kardashian professing his innocence and begging Donald Trump to pardon him, The Sun can reveal.
In the handwritten letter to the reality star, shared with The Sun, Joe writes: "I know you have never met me and may never want to.
"However, I do believe that you hold the values of our justice system dear to your heart."
Joe begged her in the letter to "take 10 minutes" out of her busy schedule to personally call Trump and have him read and sign his 252 page pardon.
When is he likely to find out?
Joe Exotic will find out today if he is on Trump’s final pardon list.
The Tiger King’s legal team have their phones on hand 24/7 to receive the news and are beadily watching TV channels and state websites to scan the list the moment it is released.
If the legal team receives the news of Joe’s pardon, they will whisk him to a secret location from FMC Prison in Fort Worth, Texas.
Why is Joe Exotic in prison?
Exotic, full name Joseph “Exotic” Maldonado-Passage, was arrested on September 7, 2018, for conspiring to murder his nemesis, 57-year-old Big Cat Rescue owner Carole Baskin, as well as for accusations of illegally killing endangered tigers at his park to make room for new exotic animals.
He and Baskin's decades-long feud came to a head in 2017 when Exotic attempted to pay a man named Allen Glover $3,000 to kill her.
Baskin, a vocal critic against Exotic's park and animal keeping practices, had secured a million-dollar settlement against the Tiger King after he lost a trademark infringement suit in 2011. Since the rivalry began, Baskin claims Exotic's threats against her life were "constant" and that as a result, she saw "every bystander as a potential threat."
"There is no where that I have felt safe, and worse, no way that I feel I can safeguard those around me," Baskin once said in a statement.
"So many of his threats involved blowing me up, so that he could thrill over seeing me burn to death."
Baskin wasn't the only one threatened by Exotic's irrationality—his tigers also came in the firing line.
Erik Cowie, the head zookeeper at the GW Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma, claimed Exotic put down hundreds of tigers over his time as owner of the Greater Wynnewood park.
"They euthanized them and had a veterinarian sign off on them with excuses like, they were too old, sick, etc" he told the Daily Mail.
"Most of the time a veterinarian wasn't even around when things like that would happen, but he would write it down on a log, so he could be covered in case government inspectors wanted to check his books."
How long was Joe Exotic sentenced for?
Joe Exotic was sentenced for 22 years for plotting to kill his rival Carol Baskin and for animal cruelty.
He was found guilty on two counts of murder-for-hire and 17 wildlife charges related to animal cruelty.
Joe was sentenced on January 22, 2020, but insists he is innocent.
Exotic wept when the judge read his jail term, insisting: “I broke no laws.”
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