Tiger King’s Joe Exotic is suing the Department of Justice in the hopes of getting a presidential pardon from Donald Trump.
The former zoo owner, who shot to fame in Netflix’s documentary series earlier this year, previously requested clemency in September, however, the Office of the Pardon Attorney denied his application on the grounds that he didn’t meet a standard for submission.
Exotic’s attorney state the denial ‘implied that the Office of the Pardon Attorney was not sending a recommendation to the President and instead was usurping the role of final decision maker on the pardon.’
‘Joe Exotic seeks to require the United States Office of the Pardon Attorney to comply with its ministerial duty to submit a recommendation to the President of the United States regarding Joe Exotic’s application for pardon, so that the President can exercise his Constitutional discretion in determining whether to grant or deny application petition,’ reads the complaint.
‘Joe Exotic, through counsel, requested that Defendant provide notice and a recommendation to the President,’ the filing continues.
‘However, such request was refused, and Joe Exotic has no other adequate remedy at law.
‘Therefore, Joe Exotic is entitled to an order compelling Defendant to comply with the 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.’
Exotic was convicted in 2019 on 17 federal charges of animal abuse and two counts of attempted murder for hire. He is currently serving a 22-year sentence in federal prison.
In April, Trump US stated that he would ‘look into it’ when asked about pardoning Exotic during a conference.
Earlier this month, Exotic reached out to Kim Kardashian in an attempt to get out of prison.
Tiger King is available to stream on Netflix.
Credit: Original article published here.