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...