A year after being denied a presidential pardon, the legal team of Joe Exotic has again promised he’ll soon be out of prison.
In a turn up for the books, a federal appeals court ruled that Tiger King’s Joe Exotic should be resentenced, in order to receive a shortened sentence. Exotic was charged with 17 counts of animal abuse (eight violations of the Lacey Act and nine of the Endangered Species Act) and two counts of attempted murder in January 2020, after plotting to kill Big Cat Rescue CEO (and cartoonish antagonist), Carole Baskin.
As The Guardian noted, “a three-judge panel for the US court of appeals for the 10th circuit in Denver, Colorado, found that the trial court wrongly treated those two convictions separately in calculating his prison term under sentencing guidelines. The panel agreed with Exotic that the court should have treated them as one conviction at sentencing because they both involved the same goal of killing Baskin.”
Um, ok. According to the court, his sentence should have been a maximum of 22 years in prison, instead of the 27 years he received.
On the last day of Donald Trump’s presidency, Joe Exotic’s lawyer said that “we are 100% sure” that his client would be pardoned by Donald Trump. To prove it, he ordered a stretch limousine to pick him up from Fort Wort prison.
This is where the team working to free #JoeExotic is anxiously awaiting a call with a presidential pardon. They’re expecting it to come any minute now, on the last day of President Trump’s term. #TigerKing @CBSDFW pic.twitter.com/58TUnB7K3g
— Caroline Vandergriff (@c_vandergriff) January 19, 2021
According to Ken Molestina of CBS, Exotic’s people are “waiting on a call from the White House confirming the presidential pardon.”
Eric Love, the lawyer of Joe Exotic, is “absolutely confident that we are going to receive the pardon”, noting that he “worked very hard on it”. To dip further into the shale of delusion, Love confirmed that there will a hairdresser and makeup artist on stand-by to make sure he looks his best.
He said: “Joe’s biggest thing is that he can’t wait to get out as you can imagine, and he doesn’t want anyone to see him until his hair is done. He hasn’t had his hair done in two-and-a-half years. That’s the first order of business. Then we’ll probably go and get some pizzas, steak, maybe a McRib.”
According to Love, the pardon will happen because he thinks “the president has sided with us and I believe it will take most of the limelight away from president-elect Joe Biden.”
Alas, the phone never rang.