Each time I read new documents in the fraud trial ofJoe and Teresa Giudice, I practically break out in hives imagining the cost for each document, each piece of research, every billable minute the legal team is working away on their case. It's mind boggling. I'd give anything to see the total when all is said and done. The Real Housewives of New Jersey better go for at least another 30 seasons so Tre can pay her bill.
Teresa and Joe's attorneys filed some new documents in the federal fraud case yesterday. Teresa's attorneys are still trying to get more information from the prosecutors and you can feel their frustration in trying to get a few issues resolved. They reiterate their reasons for demanding that Teresa be severed from Joe for the trial and are asking for clarification on many of the counts. It's an interesting read, once again!
Some of the highlights are below, including a letter Joe's attorney filed that just states Joe's position on Teresa's requests. I tried to bold the more important and interesting statements for those who would prefer to skim. I cut out some of the longwinded wording, but tried to keep it as intact as I could.
In case you haven't heard Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice are in big time trouble and face a mounting 41-count federal indictment for several different types of fraud.
In light of her legal woes, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star, whose troubles will be featured on the upcoming season, insists she's staying strong and trying to make the best of a bad situation for the time being. “I can’t just be upset and crawl up in a ball and just go in a room and — and lock the door. I can’t. I’m a mom. I have four daughters,” Teresa tells ABC News.
Teresa does admit that it's hard to get through the day, however, and in private she is falling apart. "I would be lying to say I didn’t, you know, that’s not happening,” she shares. The hardest part, she says, is "my kids going through this." Should have thought of that BEFORE, you know, lying and defrauding! "I'm a role model for them," Teresa explains. A role model of what NOT to do!
If you think Bravo will shy away from showing the trials and tribulations of Teresa Giudice's federal fraud case in the upcoming season of Real Housewives of New Jersey, guess again. Andy Cohen opened up about Teresa, Taylor and all things reality TV in a new interview with TV Guide. He swears the Housewives franchise will be around for a long time to come.
First, Andy talked about what it's like no longer being an big wig executive at Bravo, "I believe it was January 3 when I woke up and for the first time in my life I didn't have a boss. So it's great. I'm continuing to host specials for Bravo, which I love doing. And I'm still an executive producer of all the Real Housewives shows."
When asked if it's because nobody else wanted that job, he shared, "No, quite the contrary! I wanted to and I believe that this franchise can go and go and go if we treat it delicately and properly. We're seeing with Real Housewives of Atlanta record numbers of any season ever. I care about it a lot."
Federal prosecutors are attempting to block Teresa Giudice's primary defense tactic to be tried separately from her husband Joe Giudice. Teresa and Joe's reasoning behind the petition for separate trials is a clause known as "marital privilege" which states spouses are not required to tell incriminating information against each other. Prosecutors argue that any voluntary testimony disbands that right.
In a 47 page memorandum presented to the judge on Wednesday, prosecutors argued against the Real Housewives of New Jersey stars' attempt for separate trials, stating: “Teresa and [Joe] appear to share the hope that each may have a better chance of acquittal in a separate trial … This, however, is not sufficient basis to sever two defendants charged as participants in the same conspiracy and fraudulent scheme.”
If you recall, the Giudices' alleged defense scheme is to make Joe take the fall by claiming Teresa didn't know what she was signing. Joe maintains that he wants a separate trial so he can testify in support of this notion that he was the "brains" (HAHAHAHAHA) behind the schemes while Teresa was an innocent victim.
With all the legal disasters currently populating Teresa Giudice's life at least one thing is going in her favor – she won't have to move her kids out of the marble remnants tackery she refers to as home. Whew!
A bankruptcy court recently ruled that the Real Housewives of New Jersey star will not have sell her home to repay debts. Radar Online discovered court documents pertaining to the case where the trustee of Teresa and Joe Giudice's home filed a motion on December 23, 2013 for the Giudices to "abandon" their home because it's of “inconsequential value” to their estate.
Translation: it would be too difficult for the trustee and the state to handle the sale of such a garish property so it's worth more in the Giudice's hands (with them presumably paying property taxes and a mortgage) that it is being sold outright to pay off old debts since it would not generate enough money to make a significant dent.
Well, after some quiet time where their federal fraud trial is concerned,Teresa and Joe Giudice are keeping their attorneys busy in the new year. And while the attorneys are hard at work, the Giudices were off at play.
Joe's attorney filed a motion late last week, hoping to split Joe and Teresa's charges into two separate trials. Joe is hoping to take the blame for most of Teresa's signatures, etc., from the way it reads. They're also asking for information from the prosecution as to what particular pieces of unedited footage from The Real Housewives of New Jersey will be used against them.
There were 53 pages of fascinating reading in all, but we tried to trim it to the basics for you since we can't upload the entire tome. (boo, we know!)
I've lost track of how many times this case has been rescheduled but perhaps prosecutors are waiting to learn the results of the Real Housewives of New Jersey star's federal fraud case before going forward with another trial.