Dodgy homosexual zookeeper and documentary star Joe Exotic’s pursuit of a presidential pardon has made it to the Oval Office, new reports say.
According to TMZ, Joe Exotic has dropped his lawsuit against the Department of Justice after getting word that his request for a presidential pardon has found its way to the office of President Donald Trump.
The gesture was disclosed in court documents filed on Tuesday by Exotic’s team of lawyers, revoking a complaint they only filed last week.
The former zookeeper known as the “Tiger King” and his legal team say that the legal action is no longer necessary now that their case is supposedly on the president’s desk.
President Trump remarked to reporters a number of months ago that he would “take a look” at the Tiger King’s case and determine if it deserved a presidential pardon.
The Netflix documentary star seeking the pardon is presently incarcerated for trying to hire a hitman to kill a rival big cat enthusiast, Carole Baskin.
Exotic’s life and undoing was illustrated in the Netflix hit documentary series that was released earlier in 2020 at the start of ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns in March.
The Daily Mail reports that Exotic blamed acting Pardon Attorney Rosalind Sargent-Burns for not sending his formal pardon request and alleged that she was legally obligated to do so.
Exotic has also supposedly tried to make contact with Kim Kardashian-West for assistance in receiving a pardon from the president.
As reported by The Oklahoman, Joe Exotic’s presidential pardon lawsuit said he is presently being incarcerated at the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
Exotic’s lawyer previously informed a court the Tiger King has “a clear, indisputable, non-discretionary obligation to provide the President of the United States with notice of Joe Exotic’s petition for pardon and a recommendation thereon.”
“Joe Exotic does not seek to influence the nature of the recommendation, but only to compel the Office of the Pardon Attorney to comply with its ministerial duties to provide notice and a recommendation to the President,” his lawyer argued last week.
Under federal standards, a convicted person is required to wait no less than five years after being sentenced to petition for a pardon.
This past April, Trump was questioned during a press conference about the COVID outbreak if he had any view on pardoning Joe Exotic. Trump joked that he would “take a look” at the Tiger King’s case before he then added, “I know nothing about it,” before he questioned the reporters for more information about the conviction.
Donald Trump Jr., when asked about his dad giving Joe Exotic a pardon during an interview on SiriusXM radio, joked, “I can generally be for this just for the meme,” before adding, “and just for frankly watching the media reaction to this thing.”
“Many people have come out and publicly expressed their disagreement with Joe Exotic’s conviction and subsequent sentence,” Joe Exotic’s lawyer, Francisco Hernandez, wrote in the newly dismissed presidential pardon lawsuit.
“Among those are members of the president’s own family. Donald Trump Junior has been an advocate for Joe Exotic to be pardoned.”
People magazine reports that Exotic’s suit was labeled “creative and aggressive” by a pardon process expert.
“But the pardon attorney has no obligation that I know of to do this — and even if they did, I don’t know that it would do Joe Exotic any good anyway,” Jeffrey Crouch said to the outlet.
A DOJ spokesperson did not comment on the lawsuit but noted the department’s guidelines, which would “require a petitioner to wait a period of at least five years after conviction or release from confinement (whichever is later) before filing a pardon application.”