Joseph Maldonado-Passage is serving a 22 yr jail time period as federal inmate quantity 26154-017 on the Federal Medical Heart in Fort Price, TX. Maldonado-Passage, higher identified at Joe Unique (”Unique”) was the primary topic of a well-liked Netflix collection, Tiger King, documenting the lifetime of Unique, a tiger breeder and his rival, animal activist, Carole Baskin.
Rumors circled in January 2021 that Unique may be on President Donald Trump’s clemency listing however that was to not be. Nonetheless, there could also be one other likelihood for freedom. The U.S. tenth District Court docket of Appeals has ordered Exotic to be resentenced following his conviction within the murder-for-hire plot of Massive Cat Rescue’s Carole Baskin. A appellate court docket discovered that the trial court docket erred within the proceedings by incorrectly calculating his jail time period underneath sentencing tips. Unique could possibly be coming residence sooner somewhat than later.
Unique launched a press release on Twitter that his attorneys are “… in possession of newly found proof which not solely exhibits authorities misconduct, however witness perjury. Justice is coming for Joe.” Whereas Unique waits for his new sentence and hoping that it’s “time served,” he’s nonetheless utilizing his celeb with a brand new “tell-all” book scheduled for launch in November and a namesake cryptocurrency. Unique’s put up jail life could also be much more sensational than the life earlier than it.
Many individuals enter jail whereas their legit companies keep on (instance being somebody like Martha Stewart), so Exotics use of his celeb to launch an excellent larger profession put up jail shouldn’t be uncommon. Whereas there are Bureau of Jail policy on inmates conducting enterprise that place quite a lot of restrictions on their exercise in any enterprise, it’s a somewhat broad coverage that’s solely enforced within the rarest and most egregious cases. Don’t search for Unique to be holding board conferences from federal jail.
Whereas Cryptocurrencies have been round for some time and have turn out to be extra broadly accepted, there was a surge in exercise associated to meme cash. Meme Cash derive their worth from their very existence, such because the considerably notorious Dogecoin. The tokens develop in recognition as does their worth primarily based purely on their potential as cash … like a foreign money that thrives on the variety of “Likes.” What higher solution to get some momentum than adopting the title of a widely known celeb or trigger. In all probability no one matches excessive profile celeb higher than Joe Unique.
Cashing in on celeb is precisely what homeowners of $TKING hope to perform. In an article in The Independent Michael Kamerman, CEO of fintech agency Skilling mentioned that coin memes like the favored Dogecoin is “moved by headlines, tweets, celeb or company endorsements, and whereas that’s probably belittled by ‘conventional’ traders, it’s what brings the lots to cryptocurrencies.” There could also be no larger celeb play than a tiger-taming, flamboyant, ex-inmate who’s trying to outdo himself with ever extra outrageous escapades … to not point out that 2022 begins the Chinese language year of the Tiger!
In keeping with an announcement earlier this yr, Unique owns a proportion of $TKING tokens which he obtained throughout the “stealth launch of the coin.”
Unique’s new coin comes after Baskin launched her personal model of cryptocurrency, $CAT, in early Could. Baskin’s web site claims that her new “$CAT coin shouldn’t be a foreign money for funding, however somewhat is a purr-ency of our followers to point out their love for the cats …” It appears the rivalry will proceed as Unique’s personal web site states, “We’ll by no means let Carole win! Discover your inside Tiger as Joe, $TKING, and his authorized group stage the comeback of the century! We’ll land the primary tiger on the moon to free Joe! Group Joe for the win!“
The Tiger King craze even hit a automotive collector in Amsterdam who had a Bugatti Chiron (Priced at roughly $3 million) wrapped in a $TKING motif. The collector mentioned in a press release that Unique wants one other likelihood, “I’m identical to everybody of the perhaps 65 million individuals who binge-watched Tiger King throughout the pandemic. As loopy because the story was, it helped us get by way of a very robust time so I figured I’d help one thing that helps Joe.”
Together with the cryptocurrency, rumors continue to circle that Netflix goes to have Tiger King 2! Keep tuned.