Tiger King’s Joe Exotic sues Trump over Rejected Pardon

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Tiger King star Joe Exotic is roaring mad at President Trump and the US Justice Department for refusing to grant him a Presidential Pardon.

According to a report, Exotic, legal name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, filed a lawsuit against the President and the DOJ for rejecting his pardon application, arguing that because his request was not rejected by Trump himself, it’s invalid.  

Exotic is serving a 22-year prison stint for being convicted of soliciting a hit on archnemesis Carole Baskin, an animal rights activist that targeted his “zoo” facility for animal cruelty and neglect.  

In a tale so convoluted it inspired a Netflix series, Exotic claims he was actually framed for the would-be murder of Baskin, by a business associate that was attempting a coup to take over his Nebraska wildlife park.

Now as bonus content, the lawsuit complains that Acting Pardon Attorney Rosalind Sargent-Burns didn’t forward Exotic’s Sept. 8 pardon application directly to the President, as the lawsuit alleges is a requirement as an advisor to Trump, who has the sole authority to pardon prisoners.  Instead, a rejection response was emailed two days later.

The lawsuit names Donald Trump Jr. as an advocate for his release. “Many people have come out and publicly expressed their disagreement with Joe Exotic’s conviction and subsequent sentence. Among those, are members of the President’s own family. Donald Trump Junior has been an advocate for Joe Exotic to be Pardoned.”

Trump Jr. commented that Exotic’s sentencing seemed disproportionately harsh on a SiriusXM radio show in April. 

“Now, I don’t even know exactly what he was charged with… I watched the show, but it was like, I don’t know exactly what he was guilty of or wasn’t,” he remarked. “It doesn’t seem like he was totally innocent of anything. But when they’re saying, “We’re putting this guy away for 30 years,” I’m saying that seems sort of aggressive.”

Later joking that there was one real tragedy that was exposed in the series. “But do you know what the real tragedy of that whole situation is? None of us knew until now that you could have had a pet tiger for two grand.”

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Paul Alexander
Paul Alexander
5 months ago

You have to love it when felons become such knowledgeable legal experts and sound off with their wondrous plans for retribution.

BigD
BigD
5 months ago

Another liberal not smart enough to wipe his backside but thinks they are a legal scholar and smarter than the rest of us.

Stephane
5 months ago

He does not like BUBBA?????
Poor baby!

Christina Creasy
Christina Creasy
5 months ago

No he did wrong so why pardon him

enubus18
enubus18
5 months ago

HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! THAT LAWSUIT WILL GO NOWHERE EXCEPT UP THAT ANIMAL ABUSER’S ASS!

Marina
Marina
5 months ago

Considering that rapist and pedophiles are let go for a year or two, 20 or 30 it’s a long time.

Ben Matthews
Ben Matthews
5 months ago

Well, if John Roberts won’t allow a case to be heard because he’s afraid of riots…❓

Ellen
5 months ago

You Piece of garbage and animal abuser, where do YOU get off suing the President for turning down your Pardon . You should be in prison for the rest of your life for the crimes you have committed. I am sure you have ENJOYED yourself in Prison with all the “ Bubbas “ taking you under their “ wing” ! So, shut up and do your time ! Animals are safe and sound while YOU are behind bars !

Ginger Firestone
Ginger Firestone
5 months ago

As far as I know, no one has the “right” to be pardoned. If you don’t like the result of your trial, there are appeals. I don’t know the case and I really don’t care. To think you have the right to a pardon just boils my blood. Trump doesn’t owe it to anyone to give them a pardon. He grants them as he sees fit. Trump would be bogged down with nothing else but reviewing pardon requests if he didn’t have someone to read them and decide if they should take up his time to read and decide. I guess in the world of liberal thinking, common sense takes a back seat.