There is a very interesting article published by People magazine tonight that I simply have to purple pen. I knew that there was a time when Teresa Giudice was blaming her lawyers, ALL of her lawyers, shortly after her conviction on WWHL. You can read the recaps of those interviews here. Be sure to read both parts of the two part fiasco. I never in a million years thought she would actually sue them from behind bars! Isn’t she bankrupt? How is she affording a malpractice attorney? I must say that the one she hired doesn’t seem to be a legal mastermind. Then again, check out the other attorney she is using these days, he is also her publicist. It’s astonishing.
According to People, “In a statement to PEOPLE, her malpractice lawyer, Carlos Cuevas, says that her former bankruptcy attorney James Kridel’s “legal malpractice is the reason why she is incarcerated.”
Um, seriously? I want to see the guy say that with a straight face in a sit down interview with the media. Please make this happen.
On July 28, Cuevas filed a 53-page complaint in Morris County, New Jersey, Superior Court, alleging three causes of action against Kridel: legal malpractice, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty.
He filed the lawsuit on Giudice’s behalf “to vindicate [her] legal rights, her good name and reputation,” he says in the complaint. Giudice is seeking to recover an unspecified amount of money from Kridel “because she has suffered significant monetary damages because of Defendant Kridel’s negligence,” Cuevas says in the complaint. But, he continues, any damages she recovers from Kridel “cannot restore her freedom, her good name, her lost professional opportunities, or her agonizing, extended absence from her husband and children’s daily lives.”
Her good name and reputation? Um, okay. That’s going to be a hard thing to prove. Kridel’s negligence? Again, how is this the bankruptcy lawyer’s fault?
Cuevas also says in the complaint that because of Kridel’s “failure” to perform his duties as a lawyer, Giudice “is now in a federal penitentiary and now a felon. The very lawyer retained to prepare accurate bankruptcy documents literally led his client into the cross-hairs of federal prosecutors, and a prison cell,” Cuevas says. “This is a consequence of Defendant Kridel’s several material errors and the concealment of his malpractice.
“Defendant Kridel continuously filed documents that were materially inaccurate, but he permitted Plaintiff Giudice to sign declarations under penalty of perjury that the documents were accurate.” He says in the complaint that Kridel’s failure to “adequately consult” with Giudice resulted in his “filing bankruptcy schedules and a statement of financial affairs with numerous material errors and omissions.”
Um, the bankruptcy attorney only knows the things that the client discloses to him about her assets and finances. It’s not his job to presume his client is a lying McLiarface who has committed numerous felonies she is not disclosing. He has to work with the information she provides, she signs numerous documents swearing that they are true and accurate.
Basic information, such as Giudice’s employment and income, were not included on the forms, Cuevas says in the complaint. Other big omissions on the forms, according to Cuevas? Failure to include ownership of a Cadillac Escalade, the lease of a Maserati and rental income from a property Giudice and her husband own in Lincoln Park, New Jersey.
Clearly, Giudice forgot she was employed and had income when she told her attorney that she was not working. It’s easy to forget assets like an Escalade and a Maserati and rental property and rental income! Jesus. How is this her fault? She is just a dumb housewife and Joe never told her about the cars they were driving or the rental property she was signing over to her personal account! It was all the bankruptcy attorney’s fault she did that!
People was able to interview Tre’s former bankruptcy attorney, James Kridel.
Kridel says, “She went to jail because she committed crimes, which were not participated in by me. She had about 2.5 hours of testimony before she went to jail where she took full responsibility for the crimes.
Funny how that works. She admitted that she committed the crimes, but now she is blaming the lawyers for not keeping her out of jail. Even the poor bankruptcy lawyer.
“However, I suppose things have changed in her mind,” he tells PEOPLE. “I have read the transcript and the judge made it very clear that she had originally decided not to send her to jail, but because she had falsified her assets before the sentencing she decided to send her to jail.
Yes, she should sue the judge too. I mean she gave her the paperwork to correctly list her assets to the court, and swear under oath to her actual assets, AND SHE LIED AGAIN! That judge is so stupid to expect her to truthfully declare her assets! Sue the judge, Teresa!
“She was chastised by the judge well after I represented her. There were failures to file income taxes, which occurred many years before we knew her. Her falsifying W2’s for mortgages – that has nothing to do with her bankruptcy. ”
During the bankruptcy proceedings, Kridel tells PEOPLE that the government notified him, saying that she had not filed tax returns for 10 years. “Clearly we were not involved in that,” he says. “She well knew that, unless she was in a coma for 10 years. That triggered people to examine, if she didn’t have a tax return how did she get mortgages? This came out of the blue. We had wished her well.
Kridel adds: “She seems to go from attorney to attorney. I see some of the comments she makes from prison. If they refer to us, they’re ridiculous. All we did was try to help her. In a bankruptcy you have to sign a petition. And you say that everything in it is true and accurate. She signed it. Then you go to the meeting with the Chapter 7 trustee.”
Clearly, Teresa’s time in jail has not been spent coming to terms with how her actions landed her in the big house. It seems she has been stewing the entire time and continuing to blame her imprisonment and bankruptcy on others.
Are you surprised?