The oddball lawyer , James Leonard, who has sidled up to Joe and Teresa Giudice has sold another story to People Magazine. He went to visit Joe yesterday and say that Joe is doing as well as can be expected, “I would say that he is adjusting very well. I know that he misses Teresa and their four daughters immensely, but Joe will get through this, just like Teresa did.”
Joe’s mother elderly mother, Filomena and his sister Maria were also at the prison visiting yesterday. That must be a long day for his mother with over three hours round trip of travel time, and the time it takes to get checked in, and then the actual visitation time. Leonard’s arrival probably ended their visit.
Teresa has applied for a waiver of the rule that prohibits felons from visiting inmates and that paperwork is still in process. In a spouse situation like this, it is usually just a formality regarding the paperwork. Leonard says, “Teresa will be visiting with the girls as quickly as she is approved by the prison, which should be within the next week.” I think that is probably an optimistic guess on when she will be allowed to show up, but I do feel confident that Leonard will contact People again with any minor development.
UPDATE BELOW THE CUT!
As y’all know, when I sit down to do a recap, I am typing with one eye and watching with the other. This makes for some janky typos and doesn’t give me much time to think of something witty to say, but I learned long ago, speed is better than accuracy when it comes to blogging.
So this morning Wendy Williams came back from vacation. I like to listen to Wendy with my morning coffee (whenever the morning comes for me, I DVR it) because her first 20 minutes is usually a rundown of what is happening on TMZ and a few even less accurate places. If someone died, went to jail or filed for divorce before 10 a.m. I get the complete rundown while moderating and reading comments.
Today, the plan was to recap an interview with Melissa Gorga. Here is how that blog started out.
Both Kelly Ripa and Wendy Williams are back from vacation today and both are super tan. I’m jealous. Wendy shows a photo of herself on the beach in a bikini and she looks amazing. I’m also envious of that! Wendy Williams has been nominated for an Emmy for outstanding host and the show is up for outstanding talk show. Say what you want about Wendy, and I have pointed out that her tea is not always accurate many times, but she has succeeded in an industry where few make it past their first season. Don’t believe me? Ask Bethenny Frankel. You have to show some respect for her hustle. And I record and watch every day. On the other hand, I just checked to see the other nominees, and they nominated The Real which for me is basically saying that there are not that many talk shows on the air anymore, so everyone got a nomination. Continue reading
Last night, the RHONJ finale was filmed a Macauso’s catering hall in Hawthorne, NJ. The pretense of the gathering, where the women are supposed to attempt to resolve all of the storylines was …… wait for it! …… a fashion show. But it was not a Posche fashion show a the Brownstone. This year, there is a new boutique owner in town. Remember when Teresa almost violated probation trying to make it home by curfew after filming the opening of Melissa Gorga’s new shop, Envy? Well, Envy Fashion Show is the new Posche Fashion Show.
Teresa was of course there as required to support her sister-in-law, Melissa. Those two have formed a surprisingly tight alliance in season seven. All the newbies were there including Robyn Levy and her wife Christina Flores, Siggy Flicker, and Dolores Catania.
According to Vicki Hyman of NJ.Com, “The event was open to the public, but tickets were $85.39 for standing-room only to $370.24 for the VIP experience, which included a front row seat, a photo with “Real Housewives” stars, an open bar, dinner and gift bag.”
And in true RHONJ um…. fashion, no storylines were resolved and one returning housewife committed a major production no no and refused to film. In case you had not heard the bad news, Jaqueline Laurita is back on RHONJ, according my sources she is a full housewife. Or she was. She may now be bumped down to a friend since her tantrum last night. Continue reading
Joe Giudice reported to Fort Dix just over a week ago on March 23, 2016. Just before his self-surrender, Joe gave an interview to People saying that it would be easy time and he could be out after serving only 18 or his 41 month sentence. He told the site, “”I shouldn’t be in there longer than a year and a half. You get good time, and now they have, with my kind of crime, you are eligible for programs in there so I will do as many programs as I can. A lot of programs knock 10 days off a month. So, whatever programs are available. I don’t care if I have to take up to 24 hours, seven days a week, I will knock off as many things to pass time and get it over with and get out. That’s what your goal is, to basically work on getting out.”
Joe is a wee bit confused. Currently the BOP lists Joe’s release date as, 3/14/2019, that assumes he will get his approximately five months of good time. If he doesn’t get good time his release date will be 8/23/2019. But let’s assume he doesn’t lose any of his good time. There are not “a lot of programs” that he can sign up for like macramé classes or weight watchers that will result in a sentence reduction. There are four. He can try for clemency (from say, the governor), he can try for compassionate release (if say he was dying or some other major tragedy was occurring), he can try for extended halfway house time through the Second Chance Act, or he can do the Residential Drug Addiction Program (RDAP). Of those four choices, he qualifies for one. The RDAP program.
Because Joe is not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree, I think he misunderstood the sentence reduction for completing RDAP. A prisoner who competes the program is eligible for up to 12 months off their sentence and an added 6 months to their halfway house time (if eligible, Teresa was not eligible for a halfway house and neither is Joe.) So I think he heard something like “You can get out of prison 18 months earlier (yet still serve an extra 6 in a halfway house) and interpreted that as him “getting out in a year and a half.” That is not going to happen. But you may be surprised to find out how quickly he could be out of Fort Dix.
Frankly, I wasn’t sure he would actually go through with his self-surrender. But he did. Joe Giudice is officially a federal inmate who is probably still going through processing and the famed body cavity search. (No Big Deal, according to Joe.)
Joe’s offbeat attorney, James J. Leonard Jr.issued a press release saying, “Joe Giudice surrendered himself to the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix today at 12 p.m. to begin serving his sentence. His brother, his sister and several other members of the Giudice family, as well as myself, were present when he turned himself in to the prison, including Teresa. It was obviously a very emotional day, but this is a very strong family with a tremendous support system and they will get through this, just as they did when Teresa was away.”
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This morning, shortly after Wendy Williams declared that Joe Giudice’s federal placement at Fort Dix today is a “soft prison” the term immediately started being mentioned in comments here. I’ve been doing a lot of research on the prison since he was assigned there. I would not call this a “soft prison” at all, and frankly the camp doesn’t sound any better. So Joe was right when he said his Low Security placement, or simply “Low” as the inmates call it, isn’t much different because the both suck.
What do #FelonsByBravo do when they have only 48 hour left of freedom before being sent off of a four year degree? They sell an interview to People magazine!
Joe Giudice who was initially charged with 39 counts of fraud and then the FEDs added two more counts, will begin serving his 41 month sentence, which ironically turned out to be a month for every felony, on Wednesday.
Joe tells People it’s “No big deal” and says that his fellow felonious friends say that the low security prison where he is going is “almost the same as the camp” that is housed on the same grounds. Yeah, he will soon find out the differences between low security and the camp. You know what happens to the people in the camp who fuck up? They get to be bunkies with Joe. And I’ve always seen the charm in Joe that Teresa fell for, no really, I have. But he looks like a guy that sweats a lot and doesn’t place a premium on bathing. Joe would not be an ideal bunkie. He also seems a little soft. That will change.