UPDATE: Teresa doesn’t have to report until January 5th, 2015! So we can expect another Christmas special…..UGH.
TERESA GETS 15 months!
TERESA IS HYSTERICAL STILL SOBBING.
UPDATE: Teresa addressing judge now, crying says, ” ‘I am more sorry than anyone will ever know.” We’re getting close! Teresa in tears tells judge she will. “make this right.” My four daughters are my life! I don’t care about the TV show! Teresa reads a letter to court “I’m scared, I’m not going to deny it, I’m really scared.”“It’s time for me to wake up … my daughters are my life that’s what keeps me going. I’ve done so much crying my daughters are my life.”I don’t care about the TV how or materialistic things … we lost my father-in-law and that was the first grandparent we lost.Now I have even more to give. I will take this experience and continue to do the right thing.I know in my heart everything happens for a reason and I’ve found my reason. Tweets by Jack Barbosa @TheJackBarbosa VickiDish @VickiHy
Prosecutor asks the court for a 21 month sentence.
@JohnBathkeLive Prosecutor on Teresa: “she thumbed her nose at the court…now she wants sympathy. It’s business as usual.”
UPDATE Judge Salas declined to downgrade Teresa’s plea deal sentencing range. She will be doing jail time. …waiting for exact sentence.
He also read a letter from Joe’s mother Filomena, who could not be in court due to health problems. “My son needs a slap on the wrist, not to be taken away from his family.”
Salas later responded: “It’s not a slap on your wrist you need, Mr. Giudice. Uh-uh. You need to understand the laws of this country and that they need to be respected.”
Earlier in the hearing, Salas grew visibly angry with the couple over what she called their “glaring” omissions and inconsistences in their required pre-sentencing financial disclosure statement, and that Feinstein couldn’t confirm whether his client had actually paid the $224,000 he owes in back taxes. She called it “a direct affront to the court.”
Just before delivering the sentence, which includes 12 months to run concurrently for failing to file his tax returns in 2004, Salas told Joe: “I am not sure you respect the court. I am not sure you respect our laws. And I am not sure you understand yet what you did.”
But she also said she took into account the dozens of letters written on his behalf that describe him as a loving and devoted husband and father in not giving him the full recommended sentence of 46 months.
“A sentence under the top end of the range would be appropriate,” she said, “but I have to give you credit for the live you have lived, at least to the people you have loved.”
UPDATE: Juicy’s attorney told the court that his attempts to exonerate Teresa is the mark of a real man. SIGH. He also tried to blame the death of Joe’s dad for his problems. ??? He died afer the plea bargain was agreed to.
UPDATED: NJ.COM reporting Joe got 41 months, Teresa not sentenced yet. Juicy read this statement. “”I stand here humiliated before the court and my family and society,” he said. “I disgraced many people, including my wife and four daughters. I take full responsibility for my actions. I promise to be a better person.”
41 months in jail (3 1/2 years) $10,000 Fine for Joe Giudice of RHONJ Fame. Teresa to be sentenced this afternoon. Sounds like they are going to take a lunch break. I’m hearing rumors of “staggered sentences” where one will go first then the other.
UPDATE: ABC NEWS REPORT:
At their sentencing today, the Giudice’s defense team argued that “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” does not show Joe Guidice for who he really is. They criticized the reality show for “editing situations to create fake drama” and said that they advised the couple to stop appearing on the show, but because the Giudices lacked an alternate source of income, they did not listen. In the end, the attorneys asked for leniency, saying a harsh sentence would cause “untold trauma on the children.”
However, prosecutors noted that in her pre-sentencing list of assets, Teresa Giudice failed to include several cars, ATVs and other items, claimed no jewelry and said her $3 million home is filled with just $25,000 worth of furniture. Meanwhile, Joe Giudice failed to file tax returns for the last several years, despite the requirement to do so in his plea agreement.
As a result, U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas declined to be lenient with sentencing. “It feels,” she said, “like things have been hidden.”
“I do wish you luck,” Salas told Joe Giudice after she announced the sentence. “You have made some serious mistakes and you have to pay for them. But you have a lot to live for.”
Teresa and Joe Giudice entered the courtroom to hear their sentence this morning. Both were in dark pantsuits and walked in with their heads down. Teresa is hoping to avoid jail time by playing the kids card and begging for house arrest. Joe is looking at about four years.
Still waiting on decision, the judge took a very short break long enough for reporters to get word out that “Judge grilling Teresa & Joe Defense Attorneys about unclaimed assets and unpaid taxes.” Sounds like the judge is not going easy on them so far…
Okay getting more info, it seems both idiots lied on their PRE SENTENCING ASSET DISCLOSURE FORMS!
NEWARK — U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas is not happy with how forthcoming Teresa and Joe Giudice of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” fame have been on their pre-sentencing forms and she has even brought up the possibility of them being charged with perjury.
The federal prosecutor says nondisclosure and discrepancies by the couple are part of a “pattern of deception, dishonesty and concealment.” The Giudices were “not transparent in the least, this concealment is intentional,” he told the judge. Salas lectured the couple about the “glaring omissions” in both Joe and Teresa Giudice’s financial disclosure forms. Salas read off recreational vehicles, home furnishings, cars, construction equipment — all not reported to the probation office by the couple but listed on federal prosecutor’s documents. She said she feels the couple is concealing something.
Teresa, for instance, lists 0 for her jewelry on the forms, but her defense attorney said that most of her jewelry is worth very little because it is costume jewelry. The couple listed $25,000 in furnishings for their $3 million home but the defense attorney said that’s because the furnishings seen on TV are brought in by the production company. “I’m going to tell you that it leaves with this court a feeling of uneasiness,” Salas said. “It feels as if things have been hidden or concealed.”
judge then went on to list seven other items not listed on any court documents that were later discovered by government investigators. “How is it that at this point the court is having to go over this?” Salas asked the Giudices’ defense attorneys. Both offered little explanation except to say that the couple had hired an accountant and provided that person with their financial information. Salas also hit on the lateness of the filings. The Giudices had the required forms to turn into the court by March 4 but the probation office didn’t receive the information until Aug. 19, she said. “I had to put the sentencing off because the financial disclosure wasn’t in,”
UPDATE: Teresa’s lawyer is pretty much done with his case. Now Joe’s Lawyer is distancing him from RHONJ Joe, begging not to be deported…. etc.