Teresa Giudice seemed utterly confused about what happened during her sentencing, as evidenced by her appearance on WWHL, where she claimed to not understand what she was doing when she signed a guilty plea. #WTFTeresa. Now comes a report that after receiving 15 months and 41 months in prison, Teresa and Joe Giudice have fired their attorneys!
Teresa’s crisis PR Manager Wendy Feldman confirmed the Giudices are no longer working with their attorneys. “There is no need, their lawyers’ job is done,” she revealed of the Real Housewives Of New Jersey stars.
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Instead Teresa and Joe are seeking a new type of legal representative! “Right now, all they need is a conviction expert, which is what I do,” Ms. Feldman continued. “They will not appeal the case. As part of their plea agreement, they can’t.”
Hmmm, of course, I’m no attorney so I don’t know what the protocol is here, but does one generally release their attorneys of their duties following sentencing? I mean, isn’t there still more to take care of?
After receiving her sentence Teresa said she did not discuss the details with her attorneys, and she also seemed to place the blame on them for the results. “I thought my lawyer was going to fight for me. I mean, that’s what lawyers do. I don’t know… That’s why you hire an attorney,” a baffled Teresa told Andy Cohen. “After I left court, I left court. I never spoke to my attorneys. It was done. The judge made a decision.”
Teresa also blamed her attorneys for such things as the pre-sentencing financials being incorrectly submitted, which was almost solely the reason Teresa received time, per the judge. “You put it in their hands. I mean, whatever they wanted from me—believe me—I followed their direction. Whatever they wanted, I gave them. I’m not trying to hide anything,” she insisted.
Ms. Feldman also responded to questions about where Teresa will be serving her time, to begin on January 5th, 2015. “It is way too soon to say where Teresa will be serving time,” she informed E! News. “Normally, the Bureau of Prisons does not notify you until two weeks before you surrender. It all depends where there is capacity at the time.”
In the wake of the sentencing, Teresa and Joe have been at the center of multiple divorce rumors. Some going so far as to suggest that Teresa has already started filing papers, or is planning to leave Joe if he is deported. Speaking out in their defense, Andy says the couple is more connected than ever!
Describing the couple as “a very solid unit,” Andy told Extra!, he elaborated, “They seem very unified.”
“I asked Teresa if she blames Joe for her sentence and term, and what she says is pretty interesting… ,” Andy added. “We also talked about whether he has a problem with alcohol and some other allegations that they made in court about the show.”
Teresa and Joe’s WWHL special continues on tomorrow.
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