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Judge extends zookeeper's deadline to challenge convictions

 

April 17, 2020



OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma zookeeper who was sentenced to 22 years in prison for a murder-for-hire plot and federal wildlife violations has been granted an extra month to argue why his lawsuit challenging the convictions shouldn't be dismissed.

Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as "Joe Exotic," filed a federal lawsuit last month against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted him and several witnesses. He's seeking nearly $94 million in damages, claiming that he was convicted based on false and perj...



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