‘Tiger King’ Takes Fight for Freedom to 10th Circuit

Imprisoned “Tiger King” docuseries star Joe Exotic told a 10th Circuit panel Wednesday he was excessively sentenced to 22 years in federal prison for trying to hire a hitman to kill rival Carole Baskin, hours after his push for a last-minute pardon by outgoing President Donald Trump failed.

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2 California Deputies Shot in Apparent Ambush in Patrol Car

Authorities searched Sunday for a gunman who shot and wounded two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who were sitting in their squad car — an apparent ambush that drew an angry response from the president and sparked an anti-police protest outside the hospital where the deputies were being treated.

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Murder for Hire

The Seventh Circuit affirmed the grant of a habeas petition to a man who was convicted of murder for hire after telling a hitman — really an undercover police officer — that he wanted his ex-wife and her boyfriend killed. The man claims his excluded testimony about his interactions with a police informant would have demonstrated that his meeting with a hitman was a charade, and he never intended to have anyone murdered.

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Trump Says He Will ‘Take a Look’ at Pardon for ‘Tiger King’ Star

President Donald Trump joked late Wednesday that he would “take a look” at pardoning Joe Exotic, the flamboyant star of Netflix’s true-crime docuseries “Tiger King,” hours after the federal judge in Exotic’s $94 million lawsuit against federal officials rejected a recusal demand.

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