Tre Huggers everywhere were gleefully reporting on Melissa Gorgas criminal history last week. I mentioned in comments in the Joe Giudice court drama thread that the Melissa story was a non-issue. It was a misdemeanor retail theft charge from when she was 18 years old. Yet, certain factions of RHONJ fans were sure that the Florida charge would now catch up to her and she would go to Rikers Island on a life sentence. Instead, last Wednesday the charges were dismissed by administrative order. I suppose we can all rest easy now that Melissa is no longer considered a threat to society. Thanks @stark3923 for the research on this story. Update: Chris Stark has more to say about this very serious issue.
I’m really not sure why anyone cares, but here is what Chris’s research shows:
#rhonj FACTS: Melissa Gorga Shoplifting Case was dismissed BECAUSE of a 15th Circuit Judicial Circuit Administrative Order #4.605 and #4.6.25 = in 2008 a judicial order which basically states a misdemeanor case prior to 2008 with no activity on it for 5 years can be dismissed by a simple administrative order. A phone to the Palm Beach County Courthouse apprising them to activate this administrative order is all it would have taken to have Melissa Gorga case dismissed Oct 10, 2012.
Anyone stating this case was resolved years ago and the open arrest warrant was a clerical error is misinformed. I checked that to…
Bottom line is Melissa Gorga was arrested for shoplifting and agreed to appear in court to answer to the charges. Melissa failed to honor her word to the judge and the judge issued a bench warrant for her arrest. The store Melissa Shoplifted at has since been sold to Macy’s. No complaining witness.
Melissa evades being held responsible because of TIME. Moral of the story is if you get caught breaking the law in Florida…avoid detection for 5 years = then you get to have a clean record and can not be held accountable for your actions.
Please credit @stark3923 = chris stark as the source