‘I am a fighter;’ Joe Exotic speaks on appeal, cancer treatment – ​​102.3 KRMG

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Joe Exotic is still fighting for freedom.

His lawyers argue that the Tiger King’s sentence should be significantly reduced. They filed an appeal in April with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, but Exotic’s attorneys had a change to plead in court last week.

Now they are waiting for the judge’s decision.

Exotic, whose legal name is Joseph Maldonado Passage, was convicted of animal-related charges and hiring someone to kill Carole Baskin in 2019. He was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

Joe’s lawyers argue that he is being punished twice.

“There were two murder-for-hire convictions, one related to Allen Glover, the teardrop tattoo artist, and the other related to an FBI informant,” attorney John Phillips said. “Our position is that neither of them was valid, but he was found guilty of both. And so there’s a problem because they were all a conspiracy to kill Carole Baskin, if that should have double jeopardy, if they should be convicted separately.

Phillips says the court should separate the charges and treat them as two separate incidents. He says it could reduce Joe’s sentence by 10 years.

Molly Parmer is another attorney on Joe’s legal team. She spoke at last week’s hearing, saying that because of the way the charges were filed, Joe’s sentence violated the US Constitution’s double jeopardy clause.

Joe had ongoing contact with FOX23 investigative reporter Janna Clark while incarcerated. He recently discussed his case, saying his lawyers had evidence that federal agents and assistant U.S. prosecutors in Oklahoma City knew their witnesses had lied under oath.

During phone calls, Joe repeatedly told Clark that he never hired anyone to kill Carole. “I just want people to know that I’m innocent. And God knows how many other innocent people are in this system because the government is more concerned with a percentage of conviction rate than with justice. And at the end of it all, I want the world to know that I’m innocent.

Phillips says it could take months before the judges make a decision. Whether or not Joe and his team of lawyers get the decision they want, Phillips is ready to fight for a new trial. His lawyers have already filed the motion to this effect.

“I want to get to the meat of the coconut as they say, I want to get to the motion for a new trial that was filed with its hundreds of exhibits, affidavits discussing perjury, collusion of witnesses, you know, the fact that two of the Tigers that Joe allegedly shot were alive after his conviction. They were found in Tennessee. (I cut the rest)

Joe was diagnosed with cancer last year. He continued his legal battles while battling illness.

After completing his radiation treatments, Joe says he is cancer free.

” I hold on. I am a fighter. I want to be cleared. I want to start a new life and go beyond that. I’ve been through hell.”

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