August 15, 2013 12:00 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
After being released on $500,000 bail a few weeks ago, Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Joe and Teresa Giudice have returned to court. As expected, the couple pleaded not guilty to an indictment that included an impressive 39 counts, most of which involve fraud. Now the big question is whether a huge conviction rests in the Giudices’ future.
We were never expecting Joe and Teresa Giudice to come clean about their well-documented acts of fraud, so we’re not too surprised to hear that they decided to plead guilty at this morning’s hearing. Outside of the obligatory not guilty pleas, the celebs remained silent throughout the court appearance, leaving their lawyers to do all the talking. Lawyer Miles Feinstein later explained that the Giudices were glad that they to abstain from talking in court. “They were relieved they could stand up in court and plead not guilty through their attorney.”
Suffice to say, the charges against Joe and Teresa Giudice are incredibly extensive. Although they are supposed to return to court in early October, the date will likely be pushed all the way back to 2014. The postponing of this court appearance is thought to be “due to the complex nature of the case,” or in other words, the expected result when you have a legal mess involving nearly forty counts of fraud.
Until then, Miles Feinstein says that the Giudices plan to “to continue life as they’ve lived it.” Could this mean additional appearances on reality television? Perhaps. “They have contracts with Bravo and others. And they shouldn’t imprison themselves.”
He has a point. It’s safe to say that Joe and Teresa will spend at least a few months (if not years) behind bars. Might as well enjoy freedom while they can!
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