The Tiger King star – who is currently serving a 22-year sentence behind bars after being convicted of plotting a murder-for-hire against rival Carole Baskin – had banked on being released by former President Donald Trump before he left the White House earlier this week.
And whilst Trump didn’t pardon him, Joe is confident that he may get one from Biden in the coming weeks and months as he knows Vice President Kamala Harris is keen to ‘help clean up the corruption in the Department of Justice and other agencies’, TMZ reports.
The animal trainer/convict reportedly sent emails to his team where he sounds hopeful about the possibility, according to the site.
Joe previously claimed he was ‘too innocent and too gay’ to receive a presidential pardon.
Slamming Donald’s son in a message posted to Twitter, he wrote: ‘I was too innocent and too GAY to deserve a Pardon from Trump … I only mattered to Don Jr. when he needed to make a comment about me to boost his social media post. Boy were we all stupid to believe he actually stood for Equal Justice? His corrupt friends all come first.’
While Joe was angry not to be granted clemency, Carole admitted she was relieved that her rival hadn’t been pardoned as she is now ‘taking a deep breath’.
She said: ‘I’m taking a deep breath because I feel such a sense of relief. From the very time that he was sentenced, I have worried about there being a presidential pardon that could undo all of the hard work that went into bringing this person to justice.
‘When today at noon a new president was sworn in, I felt like I was finally safe from that threat.’
Before missing out on clemency, Joe’s legal representative had been so ‘confident’ he would be pardoned, they had a limousine waiting to take him home from prison.