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No-go for Joe Exotic: Trump pardon list omits 'Tiger King'

'Tiger King' Joe Exotic files $94 million federal lawsuit
Posted at 4:17 AM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 17:54:32-05

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — “Tiger King” Joe Exotic's name is missing from President Donald Trump’s flurry of pardons. The Oklahoma zookeeper-turned-reality-TV-star is serving a 22-year federal prison sentence in Texas. His backers were so confident in a pardon that they readied a limousine and a hair and wardrobe team for Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage. But he wasn’t on Trump's list announced Wednesday morning. He was convicted for his role in a failed murder-for-hire plot targeting his rival, Carole Baskin, who runs a rescue sanctuary for big cats in Florida. He also was convicted of killing five tigers, selling tiger cubs and falsifying wildlife records. Maldonado-Passage has maintained his innocence.