Well, if it’s a day that ends in ‘y’ someone connected to the Real Housewives of New Jersey is in court. Today it Joe Giudice’s day. Nearly three years after Joe was arrested for presenting false paperwork (his brother’s marriage license and birth certificate) to the DMV to get a driver’s license despite being suspended for a DUI, the case is finally going to be resolved. Say what you will about the Giudice’s but one thing they do well is select lawyer’s. Joe’s lawyer , Miles Feinstein, has been pushing this case back ever since the federal indictments came down in an attempt to get the pretrial hearing set after the sentencing in the federal case. Had he allowed Joe to be convicted prior to sentencing that conviction would have increased his federal time according to the handy dandy little sentencing chart the fed use.
So today it court we learned two things. First, the federal sentencing date of October 2 appears to be “firm.” Based on the glacial pace we have seen the wheels of justice turn in federal cases in Jersey so far, I would not hold my breath but today everyone is pretending to be very confident in that date. So the pre trial hearing was set for October 15th. YAY! Joe will finally be held accountable for his crime after three years of wasting time and money in Superior Court! Whatever will his sentence be?
Spoiler alert: Joe is not going to do any time whatsoever. NONE.
Oh sure, he is going to be sentenced to time, but Feinstein and the prosecutor it seems, already have a plea deal set to deliver to the court on the 15th where they will agree so some amount of time equal or less than whatever the federal sentence turns out to be. Remember Joe already refused a five-year plea deal for the is license charge and is only looking at just under four years for all the fraud charges. In court today the prosecutor said that the plea deal would likely be served concurrently with the federal prison. So they will sentence Joe to say three years to be served in the federal penitentiary where he will already be serving the time for the fraud. In other words, he will not be separately punished for the local charges at all. There will probably be some court costs and money will change hands but that’s it. Case over.
Only in America.