During a WWHL interview earlier this week Teresa Giudice told Andy Cohen that she didn’t “fully understand” her guilty plea meant she was admitting guilt to federal fraud charges. Despite her claim, prosecutors for the US Attorney’s office say did understand, but as NeNe Leakes points out they don’t really know how Teresa operates…
The Real Housewives Of New Jersey star claims that she thought her lawyers were going to fight for her and she put her faith “in their hands” only to find herself going to prison for 15 months! Oops. Teresa claims she’s going to learn to read things from now on – starting, I hope, with the dictionary Kathy Wakile gave her where she can look up G – for guilty.
The prosecutor’s office, however, insists that Teresa was very aware of what she was doing when she signed that plea. They do understand that the very basis of Teresa’s defense was that she signs her name to things she doesn’t read, right? Like, duh – who has time to read when you could shop! Or bedazzle something! Or flip tables!
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“Teresa Giudice, like all defendants entering guilty pleas, stated under oath that she understood all of the terms of her plea agreement, including the possibility of prison and admitted — one at a time — to a series of 30 specific questions regarding her criminal activity,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark said in a statement, released by North Jersey.com.
Additionally a transcript from courtroom proceedings relay that Judge Esther Salas confirmed with Teresa that she had the option to ask questions about things she didn’t understand – like perhaps what she was doing there receiving a sentence?! “What I want you to know is that if at any time you don’t understand a question or you want me to rephrase it, just let me know, raise your hand, or if you are confused about something and you want to confer with counsel, again, raise your hand,” the judge told Teresa, who answered that she understood.
The judge also asked: “Before you signed that plea agreement did each of you read the plea agreement, from the very first page to the very last page of that agreement?” Both Teresa and Joe answered “Yes.”
Someone who knows Teresa all too well should have been on hand to clear things up for the judge! NeNe is speaking out in defense of her friend’s lack of comprehension.
“You have to know Teresa to understand where she’s coming from,” NeNe explained to E! News. “Sometimes you can tell people something over and over and over again and they just don’t get it. Because I know her, I know that she just did not get it.”
“I mean even if they read it to her she probably just really did not get it in a way,” NeNe elaborated. “You know, sometimes people don’t really want to believe something is really happening and she didn’t receive it. Like, she wasn’t really receiving anything.” Yeah, we’ve seen enough RHONJ to know this!
Because Teresa is ummm… dumb as a box of Danielle Staub’s weave, NeNe feels pity for her fellow Housewife. “And I just hurt for Teresa,” NeNe added. “And I hurt for Apollo and I hurt for Phaedra. It’s sad!”
“You form a connection with these people and you like them,” NeNe continued, “because how I see it is they are good people. I know they broke the law but I still see them as good people and I hate that they have to go away for so long. It’s so hurtful.”
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