NEW UPDATE: Joe Giudice’s attorneys claim that Joe never knew he was not a US Citizen because he came here as a baby. This is interesting for so many reasons. Didn’t Juicy go to Italy when the RHONJ took that trip? He would need a passport for that. So many interesting things about this possible deportation thing do not add up. In my extensive research reading legal sites that represent people being threatened with deportation, one thing I read was if you don’t already have a green card, but are here legally, in some situations it can be a benefit. It had something to do with going through the green card application process after the fact. If Joe has been here since he was a baby, I think that would help his deportation chances. This whole “I thought I was a citizen” thing is weird to me.
The other thing I just saw on HLN is they listed the charges they pled to as CONSPIRACY to commit fraud, etc, etc, which I don’t think are considered aggravated felonies by the immigration folks. That sounds to me like his attorneys setting him up to potentially avoid deportation. Then again, there was the alleged statement from the judge warning him he could face deportation….I should probably stop worrying about it because he either will or won’t be deported in five years or so, and by then none of us will even remember these people.
UPDATE: Teresa Giudice has made a statement through her attorney today as follows:
“Today, I took responsibility for a series of mistakes I made several years ago. I have said throughout that I respect the legal process and thus I intend to address the Court directly at sentencing. I will describe the choices I made, continue to take responsibility for my decisions, and express my remorse to Judge Salas and the public. I am heartbroken that this is affecting my family—especially my four young daughters, who mean more to me than anything in the world. Beyond this, I do not intend to speak specifically about the case outside of court, at the recommendation of my attorney and out of deference to the Government and our legal system.”
Joe’s attorney continues his silence as of this update.
The couple will both receive their sentencing on July 8th. Teresa’s lawyer has allegedly reserved the right to ask for a sentence below the mandatory minimums based on her “minimal involvement” and her role as a mother. I have not seen her attorney actually speak to that claim anywhere. Also, one source (I have no idea which at this point) said that the Judge stated that based on Joe’s plea he will, “Likely be deported…” This seems logical since the charges he pled guilty to, “fraud” is considered an aggravated felony under the laws of immigration courts. That said, the immigration court would solely determine whether Joe would considered for deportation after his term is served.
In a fashion note, I previously stated that Tre was in black, however her coat was actually purple with a gray suit underneath. Also, sadly, Teresa did not wear the traditional bagel on her head today, as is common courtroom styling for housewives in the courtroom.
Teresa and Joe Giudice both pled guilty this morning to nine counts including bankruptcy fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, and failing to pay taxes. Under federal guidelines, Joe Giudice faces a potential sentence of 37 to 46 months and Teresa Giudice could get 21 to 27 months according to the first AP reports.
The pair both appeared very solemn both wearing black from head to toe. They stood during the entire hearing and each remained silent throughout other than to quietly reply, “Yes, Your Honor” while each of the charges were read.
I am still trying to figure out exactly what the plea agreement entails and exactly what nine charges each of them pled to individually. As I previously reported, the exact charges that Joe pleaded guilty to, and the exact particulars of the plea deal will determine whether or not Joe faces deportment in addition to his prison time. If the prosecutors and Joe’s defense attorney reached a deal where the charges will not be classified as an aggravated felony on his record, Joe could avoid deportation assuming he has green card that is valid. The terms of the plea deal are crucial in relation to Joe remaining a legal immigrant.
I will update the story as I know more. But, at this point it appears both Teresa and Joe are going to do time. For a breakdown on the charges you can refresh your memory here.