I continue to be fascinated with Teresa Giudice’s “attorney” and his love of media attention. James Leonard particularly seems to like selling stories to People to answer questions that no one is asking. Today’s breaking story on People is entitled ” The Surprising Reason Teresa Giudice Can’t Visit Her Husband Joe In Prison More Frequently.” Which is a poor title not just because of the unnecessary length but because in fact, Teresa is allowed to visit Joe as frequently as she would like Despite tis fact, Leonard goes into great detail about why Teresa is not visiting more often while claiming that she goes every other weekend.
Here is a partial list of “reasons” why Teresa isn’t visiting more according to Leonard, “Where he is, you get a certain number of points every month and each visit counts as a point. Weekend visits are considered more points,” Leonard explains. “So because he also has his mother and sister coming to visit, and Teresa can’t go during the week because the girls are in school, they’re having to do it every other weekend.”
Except none of this is accurate.
Inmates at Fort Dix do in fact get four points a month for visitation. This is a behavior modification technique whereby the threat of loss of points is used to deter bad behavior in the prison. However, every visit does not count as a point. The only visits that count as a point are weekend and holiday visits. So every weekend each inmate can have a visit with up to three adults and three kids. So Teresa could pick up Joe’s mother on the way to the prison and they could all go every weekend. I am certain that Joes elderly mother is not up there every weekend hanging out with her felon son.
Weekday visitations are on Monday, Thursday and Friday and are free of restrictions. If she wanted to she could go four days a week. Visitation ends at 3 pm so the girls being in school don’t affect anything at all.
The entire story about Teresa going up every other week is ridiculous. We see her working events nearly every weekend in various cities, we see her attending all of the girls weekend sporting activities.
Look, Joe is in prison, Teresa and the girls have to continue living their lives. There is no reason at all for Teresa to visit Joe in a prison visitation room very often. He has a phone card and unlimited emails. They are in constant contact. She is busy trying to provide for their four children. I am sure Teresa will visit here and there so that Joe can see the girls.
For me, this post is not about Teresa’s visitation or lack thereof. It’s about this Leonard guy who seems to be attached to Teresa’s hip lately. If I were Teresa’s friend or family member I would be concerned about him constantly being around and speaking to the press. He doesn’t seem to be acting in any sort of legal capacity. He seems to simply be an unlikely family spokesperson. I am sure we will see him in front of the camera once again for the upcoming season.
We should keep an eye on this guy.