Justice Served? Teresa Giudice Gets Early Release Date

Posted on Jan 9 2015 - 12:24am by Stacy Slotnick, Esq.

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Early release – two words that bring optimism to non-violent prisoners serving time behind bars.  In the legal community, it is commonly understood that prisoners must serve 85% of their sentences prior to release since the adoption of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Federal prisoners currently can earn up to 54 days off of their sentences each year if they follow prison rules and are well-behaved. This “good time credit” encourages and rewards rehabilitation in prison and discourages rule-breaking. It also shortens sentences, reduces prison overpopulation, and saves taxpayers money.

In the United States, serving whole sentences is the exception rather than the rule, a fact that comes much to the surprise and dismay of perhaps some All About the Tea readers. 

READ: Free Fallin’: RHONJ’s Teresa Giudice Surrenders To Prison

It has been confirmed that just days after Teresa Giudice began her 15-month prison stint, the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star will get an early release from the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn. Her attorney, James L. Leonard Jr., did not mince words when he openly predicted on “Good Morning America” recently that his client would be released early.

Typically, you have to do 85 percent of that sentence, so that calculation comes out to a little under 13 months.  Our projections are that if nothing changes with her sentence she should be released sometime in early December.”

In actuality, Teresa will be released on Feb. 5, 2016, per the “inmate locator” function on the Bureau of Prisons’ website. She will be released about two months (54 days to be exact) shy of her 15-month sentence. This means that now the family will be reunited before Joe Giudice begins his four-plus year sentence in March of 2016. 

Bear in mind Teresa was sentenced in October for bankruptcy fraud. The Giudices owe another $200,000 restitution payment, along with millions of dollars to creditors associated with their 2009 failed bankruptcy filing. Will Teresa follow the rules during early release, or based on her pattern of poor behavior and bad judgment will she break the rules and be sent back to prison?

READ: Lies Teresa Giudice Told: Psychiatric Justice

Think of early release as a kind of probation. Teresa will be under supervision and be checked on periodically.  It is a period of transition.  People sentenced to prison sometimes are motivated to turn their lives around if they can get out earlier for good behavior. In general, prisoners in early release programs may be required to attend classes on anger management or go to Alcoholics Anonymous (“AA”).

If Teresa does not exhibit poor behavior, pose a threat to public safety or violate prison rules, she’ll be home in time to make homemade Valentine’s Day cookies – the Skinny Italian kind – in 2016 with her four daughters. However, upon early release, she will have to meet certain conditions and if she violates any condition, she will not pass go and she will be sent directly back to jail.

Americans should understand that the impetus behind early release is not some altruistic urge by lawmakers and prison officials to show their love for inmates.  Instead early release programs take place in part because of prison overcrowding and limited resources.

Do you think Teresa’s prison sentence should have been reduced already? I know we here at All About the Tea are eagerly anticipating your remarks about this highly polarizing topic.

 

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Stacy Slotnick, a.k.a. The Foxy Jurist, holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Commonwealth Honors College. Stacy is the recipient of the Honors Deans Award; Simon and Satenig Ermonian Memorial Scholarship; College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Opportunity Scholarship; and College of Humanities and Fine Arts Scholarship. She is also a William F. Field Alumni Scholar, an honor bestowed upon the most academically distinguished students. In law school, Stacy won two CALI Excellence For The Future Awards® and received an Achievement Scholarship. She is a member of the New York Bar. As an entertainment lawyer, Stacy counsels clients on contracts, branding, and public relations strategy. She negotiates with agents, producers, production companies, and lawyers to secure rights to projects on behalf of high-profile clients. Her clever, spirited, no holds barred legal analysis can be found in articles for The Huffington Post. * Facebook
 
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  • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

    Why should Teresa Giudice be any different than any other “criminal” that’s been incarcerated in American prisons or jails?

    Let’s make this the political animal it is. In California, where I live, with the early release programs there are countless early released inmates that are thought to be not dangerous offenders. What a load of Bull.

    And yet, cops are being shot and killed, home invasion burglaries and robberies are happening in brought daylight, random innocent people are being mowed down by inebriated/drunk illegal immigrants who have no business driving on the roads, repeat offender drunks are driving unchecked and people are getting randomly shot on freeways, just to name some of the daily injuries and deaths and robberies that are being reported on the “news”.

    Not a week ago, a less than one month old little baby girl was murdered and her precious little body was found in a dumpster in San Diego, when she lived in the Long Beach area of So.Cal. Her parents were also shot up. And the perpetrator is still on the loose.

    Granted T. G. isn’t of that caliber of a criminal, but like Stacy S. the Esquire said, it’s no longer expected that ANYBODY will serve their full time in jail or in prison, anymore.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Your analysis is completely persuasive. There are many politicians who are trying to change the laws for the very reasons you name above.

      Moreover, if prisoners engage in repeat offenses once released, do the parole boards and prison officials not deserve to take some responsibility? That is a tough question, but one worth asking.

      There was major blowback from citizens in California because of the early release programs there. You are entirely correct that this is a political beast that needs closer attention than it has been given.

      • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

        Thank you, very much, for your learned opinion and input.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          It is my pleasure. Thank you for your meaningful commentary and posts here. They are much appreciated.

      • Bad Barbie

        It is at the bottom of the agenda as usual. Prisons are a business just ask Michael Jordan.

        • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

          My apology in advance…I don’t get the Michael Jordan reference.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Please do elaborate. There is no doubt that prison is a business but to what extent remains open for debate.

    • Bad Barbie

      Are these predators ex convicts? You have a lot of people who have never been arrested breaking the law too.

      • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

        I would venture to say that if not ex-convicts many of them may indeed be previously jailed people who got out early because their “crimes” weren’t numerous enough or of a degree of volatility enough to be considered “dangerous” (such as child molesters).
        Then again, there are those politicians that suggest that rapers and child molesters aren’t dangerous enough people for the “public” to be concerned about. Or perhaps the drivers have previously been busted for drunk driving, had their license suspended or revoked and somehow they either get their license back or they just drive without it and this time they killed an innocent or innocents while driving drunk yet again. Or maybe they’ve been deported several times and now drive drunk and kill innocent(s).
        Is that clearer for you?

  • Chee Chalker

    Her new mouthpiece, attorney Leonard, appears unable to perform simple math. Or maybe he took Teresa’s word that 13 month release date after January 5, 2015 was December 2015.
    Seems to me this Leonard guy is her attorney and her new PR person….two for the price of one!
    I think serving 85% of a sentence for a non violent crime is actually pretty fair. Prisoners serving sentences in a state facility probably do much less than 85% on average.
    The question is, was 15 months enough? IMO, it was. I would have been much more upset if their debts had been discharged in BK. $13mm is a very large hole to crawl out from. She is going to have to rent in the future or get some sort of large advance on a new book/Bravo deal. There’s no way I would rent to her without payment up front plus a very large security deposit.
    Maybe she can buy the lot in Franklin Lakes that Joe & Melissa can no longer afford.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thank you so much for your exemplary comments.

      I think what angers people is the logic behind the 85% because that figure has more to do with overcrowding and limited resources than rewarding “good behavior” and successful rehabilitation.

      Whether her original sentence of 15 months was appropriate has definitely been debated at length, with persuasive reasons on both sides. Many people, like yourself, believe Teresa received a generous sentence for her fraud crimes.

      The $13M still owed to creditors will no doubt hurt and impact Teresa much more than any short prison stint. That type of debt defines you and we all just hope she doesn’t make poor choices again in an effort to clean up her financial mess. If she does, a judge will have no patience for her and impose the maximum the sentencing guidelines allow.

    • MorningYawn

      She can buy that lot and put a trailer on it!

      • Stacy Slotnick

        The real estate scenario has become bleaker for the Giudices, hasn’t it? Reports say that the price on her Montville Township mansion dropped $500,000, bringing the listing price to $2.999 million. That is a very significant price reduction. The writing is on the wall and they are being nudged — whether gently or otherwise — to sell.

      • Bad Barbie

        She can’t buy shyte under her name for a long time.

      • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

        I’m jaded…I admit it. And Morning Yawn, you know that I don’t mean to step on your toes here, at all. So please be patient with me here…if you will.
        I don’t get it, how, this Convicted Felon has been buying anything at all (even a pack of gum let alone driving a high dollar automobile)!
        How could this ratbag be able to even begin to purchase a “lot” to put a “rented trailer” on it?

    • Bad Barbie

      I am with you Chee. They all a lot of money and I am all for the paying back those debts. People who do have legit income and careers do this too btw. They live beyond their means and then when the debt gets too big,t hey file for bankruptcy.

  • Raine Woman

    I think a lot of people are getting hung up on the term “early release.” It implies “special treatment” even though it’s just SOP.

    Stacy, I’m curious about “upon early release, she will have to meet certain conditions and if she violates any condition…” What are the conditions? Are they different than the terms and conditions of her two-year “supervised release” that kicks in after she finishes her prison stint? What’s one thing she could do during her “early release” time that could get her sent back?

    Thank you so much, Stacy!!! 🙂

    • Stacy Slotnick

      That’s an excellent point. I think too that people were surprised the announcement was made just days after she surrendered. It seemed like she already was getting a break and preferential treatment even though that was not the case.

      In regard to the conditions of early release, the paroling authority sets reasonable conditions for parole. The conditions may be related to the crime type and may serve to protect the public. Constitutionally speaking, the terms/conditions cannot be so broad and far-reaching that they become unreasonable for the prisoner to maintain.

      Some conditions of early release could include prohibition of possession of an illegally controlled substance, a required drug treatment program, requirement to stay home outside working hours, and/or get permission before moving, changing jobs or traveling out-of-state. A violation of a condition could revoke early release. These conditions would likely be set closer to the time of her release based on her behavior in prison and ability to make lifestyle changes.

      • Raine Woman

        It sounds like the conditions are pretty much the same for both early and supervised release. I think the supervision and scrutiny she’ll be under once she gets out of prison will be her hardest adjustment.

        I have one other question. Sorry, I always do. 🙂 Since Joe has been sentenced but awaiting his reservation at Club Fed, are the conditions of his original Bond still applicable, i.e. leaving the State (to visit Teresa), drug & alcohol testing, etc. now?
        Thank you!!

        • Stacy Slotnick

          I do not see why the conditions of Joe’s original bond would not still be applicable. I haven’t heard of any reason for a modification or amendment to the order, however if you hear of any change, please do reach out and we will address the modification ASAP. Thanks, Raine Woman!

          • 900009

            Stacy…just curious..Did AATT ever hear from Tre’s attorney or get a cease and desist ltr regarding the raid story?

          • All About The Tea

            Hi 900009. No, AATT has not received a Cease & Desist order for the raid story. Thanks for asking.

          • 900009

            then there has to be something to the story….oh I hope the entire story comes out one day

          • twifan2

            There’s something to it-imo.
            Radio silence from Tre & her camp on & after the 15th of Dec.
            No pre-prison interviews-$$$ could have been made from that.
            NO denial from the Juicy camp either. Just from 3rd party-Joe’s sister, who got a DM from her husband. Which no one has ever seen.
            Something shady in Shadytown!

          • LMAO @ Shadytown!! HAHAHAHA!

    • Bad Barbie

      Where is it that she is getting “early release” though? You mean when she has to transition out (work release- half way house)?

  • MorningYawn

    She’s still in for over a year. Hopefully it’s impact ful – she will miss one of everything. If it were less than a year, not having to miss Christmas, I think it wouldn’t carry as much weight.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      You make a very good point. She is not being given preferential treatment however there is something about the timing of the announcement regarding early release that certainly feels stinging, probably because she just started serving her sentence.

      • itsjustme

        That’s what has bothered me the most. The announcement not 2 or 3 days after she started her sentence they already had her early release date because of good behavior. How do they know she is going to behave? Why wouldn’t they wait to announce a “good behavior” release date until closer to that date instead of only days after she entered the prison?

        • Bad Barbie

          You are believing the tag lines that bloggers, TMZ, Radar are posting. This is not “early release” or “good behavior”. It is standard time.

    • Bad Barbie

      Good points.

  • DLister

    Good morning, Stacy! Thanks again for a clear and concise explanation. The 85% rule does not bother me for I do understand the reasoning. Although this woman is maddening, I do not feel it would be fair to make her a sole example to have to be the exception to the rule and serve the full 100%.

    After her release, she will be faced with choices of how she will live her life. And for her, the scrutiny will be glaring and constant. But isn’t that the downside of the reality TV fame she craved so much and received? Yup.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Good Morning, DLister and thanks for the comments.

      I agree that the 85% figure is not unconscionable and can be rationally explained away based on economics and politics. In some ways she is damned if she served her entire sentence and damned if she didn’t in the court of public opinion.

      I love your summary about the choices she will make upon her release, as well as the cost of doing business on reality television. It is a double-edged sword if ever there was one. How she parlays her prison experience will be a testament to whether she has learned from her mistakes (and the mark of an excellent PR team).

    • Bad Barbie

      DLister- You are ALister with your comment. It is what it is. That is the way the system rolls and this is going by the books. I have no idea why people are flipping for justice following guidelines. The media outlets are the ones misleading people with the “early release” title.

      • DLister

        Thank you so much, my lovely BB! I am truly an optimist, not a Debbie Downer. However, in my life, I have been around many personalities and for sure, true narcissists like TG do not know how to be humble and blame themselves, or learn true lessons. They can pretend and they often do, to present the face they think others will love best. But no matter the time of incarceration she needs and will serve, I still think TG will emerge feeling like a princess done wrong. And this innate nature will still guide her choices.

  • twifan2

    Stacy, does Juicy has to get some kind of permit from the judge to go to CT every time he goes to take the kids to see Tre?
    Or does he have to have his lawyer(s) try & get the judge to include CT in the states he can travel to?

    • Stacy Slotnick

      That is a good question. Because Joe was accused of using his brother’s identification to obtain a New Jersey driver’s license while his own was suspended due to a past DUI, the court ruled that his license will be taken away on March 20, 2015 for a time period between six months and up to two years. Moreover because Joe will be raising his daughters while Teresa is in jail, the court gave him additional time with his license to come up with a plan for their transportation. Fair? Appropriate? He will be able to travel to see Teresa in Connecticut unless his travel has been restricted further.

      • twifan2

        But, the Federal court was the one that imposed the travel restrictions in 2013.
        Won’t he have to get some sort of ok to include CT from Judge Salas?

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Tell me more. Did the travel restrictions relate to inter- or intra-state movement or his license? I need more information. Thanks!

          • WestCoastFeed

            My memory is that when they posted bail, the judge restricted travel to the “Tri-State” area.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            The duration on that restriction may have solely referred to the bail period. I’ll do some legwork on the topic.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            The two had to surrender their passports and had their travel restricted to New Jersey and New York BEFORE they entered guilty pleases. Travel restrictions to Connecticut (or wherever the other serves time) I do not believe were part of the plea deal but let me know if you find something that states otherwise.

          • twifan2

            So, does that mean they could have gotten their passports back after their plea agreement was reached?
            DANG!
            I will see what I can find. Thanks Stacy!

          • Stacy Slotnick

            It does mean that they could have gotten their passports returned, though I would not be surprised if Joe Giudice’s passport was NOT returned. I look forward to seeing what your search results yield!

          • Bad Barbie

            Teresa’s passport most likely. Since now she is property of the state.
            Joe’s. Not. You usually don’t till you are in custody. The bond $ is also returned after the fact, home titles, etc.

          • twifan2

            Thanks WCF! 🙂

          • Bad Barbie

            The bail rules are out of the window when you become property of the state. Bond $ and collateral properties are returned because you are already in to serve your time and not fleeing.
            Joe is still under these conditions. CT is in the Tri-State, may be also the reason why she requested this facility and not Virginia.

          • JerseyGirl830

            Stacy, I thought if you are a Felon (and Joe is) that he couldn’t visit anyone in prison.?

        • Stacy Slotnick

          I think the order only covered the time between the charges being filed and the plea deal being entered.

  • twifan2

    How does it work if further charges are filed while you are in prison.
    Are there different procedures for federal, state and local further indictments that will have to be followed?

    • Stacy Slotnick

      New charges would start the process anew. Let’s say hypothetically that charges were brought against Teresa for assault. The state would prosecute those charges but she constitutionally has to have the opportunity to aid in her own defense. People stand trial for crimes in and out of prison.

  • cait

    Over here, the police work their socks off to prove a case. Then they have to fight the CPS (DA) to get the perp to trial. At this point, a Judge hands down a pitiful sentence and the perp will only serve HALF before he/she is paroled !
    Criminals should serve the sentence they’re given with time ADDED ON for breaking the rules !

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Many people agree with you. Unfortunately the system does not always work the way we want it to and justice seems like a pipe dream. Do you feel as though her original 15-month sentence was inappropriate?

      • cait

        I don’t get why she and Joe didn’t get the same amount of time, whether it be 15 mths or more !

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Remember, Joe took the bulk of the responsibility in the case against them, pleading guilty to five counts of bankruptcy and mail fraud, compared with Teresa’s four. Does that make sense to you?

          • cait

            In that case he should have been given 20% more time than his wife, that is 16 months, or she should have got 80% of his sentence ! To be fair, I don’t think Joe has enough brains to boil an egg, never mind putting together a $13m scam like this ! Apollo and Joe must have got up late the day God gave out the intelligence, sprinkle cookies !

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Based on what has been revealed about the sentencing hearing and the statements made there, I would not be surprised to learn that Joe was willing to take the fall for the fraud scheme and thus accept a harsher sentence. But you make an excellent point.

          • cait

            At least it gets him away from his beautiful dorters for a longer time !

          • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

            See now Cait…I deliberately didn’t verbally to the comment above because it just might be taken wrong….
            We are consummate and aware commenters! It’s just too obvious that we already are aware of the “points that were highlighted” in the comment. But, you see it might be taken as rude…to point out that factor, ay.

          • Bad Barbie

            The judge made it clear that Tre got time for concealing assets. She was toying with the idea of just giving her probation.

      • disqus_jpuxh67QSR

        It is not just the light sentence, it is the fact so many charges were dropped. Were these not provable? How did it go from 41 counts to pleading to 4 and and sentence that was staggered between her and Joe. The crimes went on for 10 years, yet just the bk fraud seems to be what she is being punished for. They falsefied a bank statement saying they had 500 hundred grand in the bank for the loan they have on the mansion, are there not consequenses if that house goes into foreclosure?

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Prosecutors make difficult choices when deciding whether to enter a plea deal or take a case to trial. Some charges might not have been easily winnable and/or the department has to make a decision on how to spend limited resources. Check out my prior blog here: http://allaboutthetea.com/2014/08/15/flipping-the-tables-on-the-giudice-plea-deal/ I thank you for your insightful remarks.

          • disqus_jpuxh67QSR

            Thank you, it is just so frustrating as it seems between Joe’s delays on the DMV trial and multiple drivng offences, to all of this lifestyle fraud, it just seems like it has taken forever for any of this to catch up to them, all the while rubbing in peoples faces on TV their so called wealth.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            It was brazen and arrogant to commit crimes while appearing on television. A lot of people feel your frustration with the system.

          • Bad Barbie

            Yes it was. This country and system has greater issues to be frustrated about. Look how murderers get donations, terrorist are home grown, etc.

          • disqus_jpuxh67QSR

            But I do know from personal experiece (my exhusband) that supervised probation for financial fraud is a big deal. Bank statements and paystubs every month and a visit to the probation officer. Even a ticket requires reporting. So for a couple that their whole financial existance has been to conceal this will be a new way to exist

    • Bad Barbie

      What do you think sentences are? Criminals are given a sentence which is the time for breaking the rules. Inside, your break the rules you time is extended.

      • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

        Do you actually want an answer to your first question?
        I ask because it really seems that the question was so unnecessary.

        • cait

          Hi Wiggie, Bad Barbie is out for blood today !

          • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

            Yoh Cait,
            I think that manytimes people don’t get it that sometimes what they write, it doesn’t set well with others. Myself included. I know that my viewpoints aren’t necessarily even close to middle of the road opinion.

            One reason I say that, for me, is because I really like humor that is satirical and sarcastic as well as obvious in nature (Monty Python, slap stick/burlesque, sarcasm, onomatopoeia, etc.) and I don’t have any particular faction of race/religious/ethnic background as a particular target to dump on. Sometimes stuff is just funny…like laughing about fahts…oops…uh…phew!

          • cait

            But BB can’t decide which side of the fence she’s on so she’ll end up with splinters in her ass ! PAINFUL !

          • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

            Yeah…I think that your observation was paramount at the penultimate level!
            Meh…as cats many times play with their prey before they get bored and just saunter on off with sneakin’ grins obvious… by their whiskers rising.

  • cait

    “TIME OFF for Good Behaviour” makes me laarrff ! They’re not in there because of their charitable works ! Who do they think they are ? Martha Stewart ? Mother Teresa ? Oohh ! Whoops !

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Does your repulsion regarding this announcement feel in large part unreasonable since Teresa has only been behind bars for a few days? Or do you feel as though she cannot be reformed or rehabilitated? Is she incapable of making a lifestyle change?

      • cait

        No, Stacy, the speculation regarding her release was bound to start quickly, with her “ever-so-discreet” Lawyer sharing all their secrets with the media ! I was referring to all the ruffians who commit violent crimes, but get out early !

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Early release is a polarizing topic — whether it relates to white-collar criminals or rapists — in part because such concepts like rehabilitation seem questionable in terms of their success rates.

        • Bad Barbie

          She is not getting “early release” this is just the media misusing terms, BTW.

      • JerseyGirl830

        SORRY but no. She’s a very money hungry, greedy, low life loser.

    • Bad Barbie

      How does Martha Stewart fall in the category of Mother Teresa? She also served time and got “good behavior”.

      Ironically, just like in the streets… the better you behave the more you stay out. Simple.

    • cait

      Sorry BB, that was a pun on Mother Teresa Guidice as she rattles on so much about her beautiful dorters being everything to her !

  • Hi Stacy, great blog!

    My question is, since the release is contingent upon good behavior. What purpose does her new lawyer serve to Teresa NOW?

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thanks for the compliment!

      Her legal counsel will need to make sure her “good behavior” is maintained, ensure she is doing everything possible to confine to prison rules, and make sure all prison paperwork is in order. Moreover, he may be counseling her on the myriad legal matters she’s involved in.

      • Thanks Stacy! Much appreciated.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          No problem! I hope you are in warm weather and not shoveling snow like us New Yorkers today. Happy TGIF!

          • No snow for here, although I wouldn’t mind it.

          • itsjustme

            We have plenty here in Michigan for ya Doc. I drove to work last night in blizzard/whiteout conditions with over 6″ of snow that had fallen in about 4 hours. We had about 12″ inches of snow by 1am and I had the luxury of driving through still much blowing and drifting snow on my way home only to find out my road had yet to be plowed since yesterday. So, I also had the fun task of driving through a foot or more of snow (with ruts from other cars having driven down the road also) to my home. So, YES YES YES, I’d love to send you some Doc. Oh yeah we are still in a winter storm warning until 4pm, so about 3 more hours. Gotta love lake effect snow storms…:)

          • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

            Hopefully you and your family will constantly be safe when you travel anywhere by car or by foot!

          • Oh my Lord! Please be very careful driving in such dangerous weather.

          • itsjustme

            Oh I am. I’ve been living here my whole life and drive like an old lady in this weather. Last night I drove with my emergency flashers on most of the way to work. And I’m not driving ANYWHERE today. My daughter had a checkup appointment for my grandbaby today, but I told her to change it because I wasn’t going anywhere and I had to take her if she went..:)

          • Oh that’s comforting to hear. Staying off the roads is the safest thing in dangerous weather. Some ppl drive like it’s a sunny 80 degree day in storms. I don’t get it.

          • Bad Barbie

            Damn, I didn’t have that much snow by me to shovel. Hope you’re not upstate. It is always the pits there.

      • Bad Barbie

        Eggs-Act-Lee! These people have judgments, failed contracts, etc.

  • WestCoastFeed

    Thanks. Stacy. The social media have been treating this release date as some kind of surprise or special treatment for Teresa. We in the AAtT community are better informed, thanks to you and our editors here. Another example of BOP policy on release date is Apollo Nida. He was sentenced to 8 years but has a release date of 7 years.

  • Bad Barbie

    I have no idea why people are furious about this. This is the way the system is set up. Nothing less and nothing more. Be glad that justice was serve. As you can see “High Profile” murder cases don’t lead to “guilty” verdicts due to “technicalities” in this country when all the evidences is there. Any justice is better than none. Carry on.

    • Hi BB…..that’s just it, justice has NOT been served for a couple that ran a crime syndicate for over 10 years and still continued supposed fraudulent activities even after they were caught.

      • Bad Barbie

        Whatcha talkin bout Willis!? Justice was serve. If it is not the justice or sentence you expected then that’s another issues. Blame the feds for cutting this deal, they were the ones to offer this package.

        • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

          BB…in deference to what appears to be some pretty hard line opinions, I hope that you are open to a differing point of view other than your own.
          I think that you are adhering to timelines and judgments that are fluid… at best.

          • Bad Barbie

            My opinion, POV, etc doesn’t matter. You and I can sit here all day long and go back and forth for pure entertainment. People lose logic when in all reality the law did what it was supposed to do. Why are we mad?

            But anyway, I will stop commenting here also since you seemed to be bothered. LOL

          • Hey BB……I don’t think she meant you shouldn’t comment here. All opinions are welcomed.

          • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

            Hey, it’s all okay.
            The way I look at it, absolutely every person’s opinion is valid…regardless of whether I agree with it or not. So keep right on voicing your position because it is your right, the way I see it!

    • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

      I agree, it’s the normal way of business for that section of our legal system.

      • Bad Barbie

        Hi TG. I like to serve my rage for cases that can’t be repaid like rape, murder, child abuse, etc. These idiots got caught and sent to jail. End of story.

        • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

          With all due respect…I don’t, for a moment believe, that this is by any means the “End of the Story”.

          • Bad Barbie

            End of this case and there ain’t nothing we can do about it. If they continue this lifestyle then that is a different story. That was my point.

          • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

            Ahhhhhh… .)

  • WaWaWaWHAT!

    So she’ll serve little over a year…then get audited by the IRS for the rest of their lives…

    • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

      Make it so!

  • RealitytvJunkie

    Stacy…..will her lawyer have to file any paperwork for early release?

  • ZammyB

    My question is, can she get off earlier for good behavior?

    • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

      Do you mean even more early than the 2 months she has already been rewarded?

    • Stacy Slotnick

      According to the Bureau of Prisons website, Giudice will be released on February 5, 2016. She will complete her sentence at either a halfway house or under home confinement. Are you wondering whether she might be released before February 5? I don’t think that is a probable scenario.

      • twifan2

        Thank you Stacy!
        You’ve given me renewed hope! 🙂

        • Stacy Slotnick

          You are too funny. Glad I could help. 🙂

  • twifan2

    Stacy, since the Giudices may be be under a microscope with govt agencies for a long time, do you think most CEOs, companies, employers will be hesitant to ’employ’ the Giudices? For fear they may be audited.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Based on the fact that Joe Giudice, from what I understand, has not been meaningfully employed at a company like the one you refer to in your hypothetical, it would be my guess that they have no intention of working for someone else. Their legal source of income has consistently been reality TV and being media personalities. They must cash in on that career in order to pay their debtors.

  • A Reader

    Stacy, d0 you think she will go to a half-way house or will her attorney be able to have the court allow TG to serve her remaining 10% of her sentence at home (confined)? Doesn’t it serve society better to allow her to get back to work and attempt to pay off her debts? Of course, given that is TG, it is doubtful that will ever happen…..

    • equinox2009

      The question would be-what kind of work could she do. If she is relying on “writing” cookbooks and the like who would buy them? Even if she learns some trade while “away” I don’t see her “going off to work” each day! Also is the bankruptcy settled? If not, they owe a lot of money! If Bravo is waiting on her, there is no audience left for RHONJ

      • Stacy Slotnick

        Their bankruptcy has not been discharged. They owe at least $13M to creditors. Hence I think the most efficient way to begin paying back their debt is to monetize their brand by creating new content for a show and writing a tell-all. They need to begin making a dent in that larger than life figure.

        • A Reader

          I would love a tell all from the beginning. Why they applied for the loans using fraudulent documents, how did they afford to build that mansion, and what her life is like behind bars. I am not a TG fan by any means, but would be interested in reading her story. Of course, I doubt she will ever admit to her crimes. Stacy, do the Son of Sam laws preclude from writing a book about her life in prison?

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Did you ever consider a career in publishing? I think the questions you have posed above are exactly the type of queries an editor or literary agent would ask of Teresa. She needs to account for her transgressions in some way shape or form if she will be embraced by the public again.

            Son of Sam laws would unlikely prohibit Teresa from writing a book about her crimes. In 1991, the U.S Supreme Court declared the New York’s Son of Sam law unconstitutional as a content-based speech regulation. Ever since the 1991 decision, many states have amended their Son of Sam laws in order to avoid constitutionality issues but others have been ruled unconstitutional.

          • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

            Stacy, thank you so much for the clarification! And “Reader” thank YOU for raising such a “paramount to this situation” pertinent point!

            Great to have you here “A Reader”!!!

          • A Reader

            Thank you, its nice to discuss among intelligent bloggers indeed. Until TG releases her tell all book or Lifetime movie, this will do just fine for me!

          • Bad Barbie

            Nooooo NoT LIFETIME! *tears* I think they just butchered the Whitney Houston story like they did to Aliyah.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            These posts and threads work so effectively and brilliantly in large part because we all take part in a dialogue to inform one another and share ideas. Thank you all for your pensive remarks!

          • Melba59

            Reader, I would be interested in all that stuff too, but would never read anything that she herself wrote since so far she has done nothing but lie. If a good, credible biographer researched and got info from credible sources, I would buy that book and read it, as long as none of the proceeds go to Teresa or her family. If one of her co-inmates gets out and writes the real down-lo on her time in jail, I would read that as long as it was the real deal. Probably even then I’d been skeptical and look for the ex-inmate author to pass a lie detector test! lol

          • twifan2

            ITA! 🙂

          • A Reader

            Any book written by TG will be life was great in prison. Just fabulous. Everyone was nice, bed was great, I am great and love, love, love….. She is full of S—!

          • WestCoastFeed

            And it will include chapters on how helpful she was to less fortunate inmates who never had her advantages in life .

          • Bad Barbie

            Given the fact that there are TV shows based on true stories from prison life…

        • Melba59

          The only way that a small dent will be made to that horrendous figure is if their wages are garnished big time. She would never, ever, ever agree to even a penny going to pay off anyone. She’s gonna be looking for a lot of “cash only” payments and stuff the money in the paper bag, like before. And her scheme appears to be that a lot of the money will be in Gia’s name. Will she be able to funnel her earnings into an incorporation, like it’s alleged a certain polygamist family on TV does to remain on welfare? Or will her felon status prevent her from incorporating?

          • Bad Barbie

            You honestly think a show or book deal is going to pay in cash? LOL

            Your last question should be something our in-house lawyer can answer. It is pretty interesting to know.

          • Melba59

            Actually no. But that won’t stop her from looking for avenues to get money under the radar, as she has done before with her “appearances” and book signings. The point I was “honestly thinking” of was she had a lot of time between her indictment and surrender that she made a lot of money and could have started to pay off her debt, but chose to spend her money elsewhere. Unless she’s forced to pay under garnishment, it will be business as usual. JMO – which I am allowed to voice on this site.

          • twifan2

            Totaly agree, Melba! 🙂
            BUT I’m thinking people/companies will be a bit skiddish to employ her. Least they be audited themselves. Like that furniture store that Tre paid with her big wad of bills. That store was audited.

          • Bad Barbie

            I can see an entertainment company def jumping at it. They don’t care. They just want the ratings.

          • Bad Barbie

            Where did I say your are not allowed to voice your opinion on this site though? Unreal. There is no need to get defensive.

            Yes, I agree with the money made lately from the book signings. At least she raised some cash to pay half the restitution, which I doubt where from $25 fees at book signings since like 10 people showed up (according to Twitter). LOL She better pray she finds a way to raise the rest. Like Kevin Hart says- “She gonna learn today” how long it takes to make that amount of money the hard way.

      • A Reader

        True, but I completely see TG shunning her nose at a halfway house trying to train her to “reenter” society. She may play nice in jail because she has no choice, but does anyone really think she will be opened to being trained for re-entry into society. Her arrogance got her into this mess. Her arrogance will be her downfall. She will think she is too good to do anything but go back to reality TV to earn her keep. Just my thoughts, I may be wrong!!!!

        • Bad Barbie

          In my experience, half-way houses are not as strict and equipped as you may think. You are lucky (or unlucky) to have a good counselor that takes their job serious. She is responsible for finding a job on her own, work, subject to random drug test and be back by curfew

          That’s what happens when federal halfway houses are a private company funded by federal budget. This is a huge issue, especially in the state of NJ. All business for that budget allocation.

        • equinox2009

          You are right on! I can see it now-her new moniker will be “I was wrongly accused but I’m so tough and I will be back on RHONJ because I’m the star” Hey, have a Happy and healthy 2015!

      • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

        Wow, so well stated on so many different points!

        • equinox2009

          Head scratching! I just don’t see her getting out of this mess when she is released. One thing I know if Bravo is greedy enough to take her back then I’m out and I can’t imagine anyone willing to watch and support! Bye RHONJ

          • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

            I’m with YOU!

        • equinox2009

          Still every day there is something about Teresa! Kind of done, how about you! Best wishes for a Happy and healthy 2015x

          • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

            Thanks, for the Best wishes… I truly appreciate that!
            Yep, I am checking in later and later to see what the latest poop is on the Convicted Felon Prison rat.
            But on this site, it’s hard to not jump in and add to the cheap shots…with my fellow non-supporters of the convict…ugh… I just had to admit it.

      • Bad Barbie

        People bought OJ Simpson’s books.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      That’s an excellent question. The more likely scenario is that she will serve the remainder of her sentence at a halfway house or under home confinement. I think you are very astute to question whether home confinement or a facility serves society better. If she wants to pay back her debts quickly, one would think she is spending every waking hour (when not working in the prison) to pen a book that she can shop to a publisher or develop a new show concept. Everyone is talking about her. The fastest way to make money is for Teresa to cash in on her name and “brand.”

      • Bad Barbie

        Wouldn’t be confinement be out the question now since a judge suggests that method at sentencing?

        • Stacy Slotnick

          The reason a halfway house and/or confinement may still be part of the equation is because it becomes part of the early release sentence, which is separate and apart from Judge Salas’ sentencing from October.

          • Bad Barbie

            Does the judge puts in their suggestion? State judges like they do for SHOCK.

          • A Reader

            Her attorney stated that the last 10% of her sentencing would be in a half-way house in her home under confinement. Thus, her 15 months of federal prison will likely end sometime in December, at which point, she will transfer to a half-way house or be allowed home confinement.

  • Jennymckitty

    Teresa’s new attorney really seems to have a vested interest in keeping her name in the media. Do you think it is to drum up publicity for himself? Do you think he is taking a cut of her future earnings…like an agent? I hope that he is also looking after her legal best interests.

    • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

      I totally think that what you described is his main intent…. To capitalize on her notoriety!

  • twifan2

    Now it makes more sense to me that the Juices didn’t downsize when Tre was still out. They can’t afford another place and/or homeowners didn’t want to rent to them for fear of non-payment. Especially with their credit rating now.
    They might just be waiting til they are forced out. :/

    • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

      Yep… I believe that it’s a calculated move to continue taking more people to the monetary cleaners!

      • twifan2

        I’m thinking since they didn’t move before Tre went into the Big House, no one would rent to them-just my opinion.
        ESPECIALLY that house they showed Tre & Gia looking at on the show last season-what a joke!

        • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

          Wow…EXCEPTIONAL Observation and likely just so damn BULLSEYE!

  • Yolie

    Early release is a total joke. I read somewhere she’s getting special treatment in prison which only makes matters worse. Teresa will never learn from her mistakes. She’s been in a few days, would any of us who aren’t famous get special treatment like communication to her husband before her phone privileges started. My guess is no.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      What you have described, Yolie, is the idea that the totality of the circumstances equates to an unfair justice system. Many people, like you, feel as though when consider her “lenient” sentence coupled with preferential treatment in prison (allegedly) married with early release, it gives the impression that justice has not been done.

    • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

      Yolie, I’m thinkin’ that her fella inmates are observing all of the stuff that’s going on with their new bunkmate.

      And if she thinks that she has some kind of credibility with these inmate women, I’m going to surmise that she’ll get her come-uppance soon enough from some person who takes offense to any sense of entitlement she may be displaying for others to see/hear/experience, when in her company!

      It’s just a matter of time and to what degree that reaction might take from one or more of her new inmate gal pals. Those seasoned inmates know what’s happening…a new joker doesn’t.

      • JerseyGirl830

        TGIP, so we’ll said : – )

        • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

          Thanks JG830…again I was just trying to be cognizant of what may transpire within her new community living conditions.

          • JerseyGirl830

            TGIP, Exactly. Remember we are only one week into her new living conditions. Let’s all give her some time and I’ll bet money she’s going to get her A$$ kicked, because Tre is a very un-likable person!!

          • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

            Yep, that sure seems obvious, huh… on the “un-likeable” part. And to get her rear paddled by an inmate, I think is being nice.

      • Yolie

        Agreed….very well said.

      • Bad Barbie

        For all you know these new bingo crew may be fans. LOL

  • Vicki Scales Zelenka

    How can they already take time off the sentence before they see if she is gonna b on good behavior??? Jumping the gun it seems!

    • Stacy Slotnick

      I know. The answer is simple but the logic is not. The sentencing guidelines permit early release but does that mean it is appropriate? Not necessarily.

      • Vicki Scales Zelenka

        I just think it’s way too soon for early release to b on the table. She needs to sweat…

    • Yolie

      Those are my thoughts also. I don’t understand how the system can establish a release date without having her actually serve at least 6 months first.

    • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

      I agree…but maybe it’s designed to be an incentive for encouraging new inmates to be better behaved throughout their time in prison.

      • Bad Barbie

        You got it!

    • Dave

      I agree with this. She stole millions, committed perjury and fraud. Actions have consequences. My bet is she won’t learn from this and will continue blaming others for her poor decisions.

      • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

        EXACTLY!

    • Bad Barbie

      Look at it as an incentive.

  • Dave

    Another fine example of our flawed judicial system. Commit fraud and steal millions get a few months. Young kid smokes pot and gets 36 months. We need consistency. They should be be forced to hand over every possession and both serve five years.

    • Bad Barbie

      I totally agree! sentencing guidelines in this country are a joke though. Drug charges are excessive as you mentioned. Yet, you have rapist and child molesters getting 5 yrs.

      • fred

        she should stay in jail until all debts are paid

        • Atomicbetty1000

          That would be a life sentence! 🙂

          • Bad Barbie

            For real. I am all for getting the debt paid. PAY UP BISH!

        • Bad Barbie

          That’s ineffective and benefits nobody. How do you suggest she will make $13 million behind bars when her only source of income is being a “reality celeb”? LOL Let her serve her mandated time, get out, make money and pay back. You do nothing but spend 50K per-head-per-year that way.

  • cait

    Watched the legal mutt’s interview ! The man is verbally constipated ! Joe and the girls are “fine”, Teresa is “fine” Joe and the girls are “strong”, Teresa is “strong”, Teresa said “Tell them I’m fine”, Joe says Teresa’s fine ! HOW MUCH are they paying him for this amazing rhetoric ?

    • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

      Cait…you do know what F I N E means yes? …F’d up, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional….
      Yeah, I’d say she’s Fine when you look at it that ^^^^ way.

    • colleen

      Dear Cait, Whatever. Forget about it. Weez good people. Truth will come out. Old school. Deez, Dem, Doze. Wife is a Cun* . That’s the extent of Joe’s dialogue for past 5-6 years

      • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

        So True!

  • colleen

    Stacy, Much to my dismay? Girlfriend, I’m sickened by the probability of an early release. Hypothetical: If Felon Tre was 100% sure she wouldn’t get caught hiding income etc. She’d do it again.The only ray of hope that she stays 15 months, is her inflated ego leads her to a prison brawl.
    Thanks for your info and input.
    Signed.
    Outraged in Chicago
    Colleen

  • WestCoastFeed

    Every inmate is counting the days until she is released, not just Teresa. They all are aware that bad behavior could mean more time in the pokey. ALL of them are going to be careful not to jeopardize their own sentences by getting into any kind of scrap with Teresa. And she will be every bit as careful not to antagonize anyone. I don’t anticipate any behavior problems from her.

    • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

      Well said and yet another example of the ever logical thinking woman that you are West!

    • Bad Barbie

      Excellent points. These are also non-violent offenders and most likely people that have done the same type of crime. In these types of facilities people want to go in, serve their time and get out. If there is a “creme dela creme” of criminals, these are the type that stay at these camps. LOL

    • fred

      she not smart enough to know when she is antagonizing

    • I have a feeling she’ll be written up for breaking phone rules.

      • WestCoastFeed

        Following orders will be the hardest part. I agree.

  • TJ Marcus

    @ Stacy Slotnick, how soon do you think the Fed’s, IRS & all the ppl/companies they have cheated & pilfered from to pay back start the process of forfeiture & Sheriff sales? 13 million needs to be paid back, selling the 3 to 5 houses & taking all vehicles & 4 wheel toys would be a good start. That way when Crazy gets out the downsizing will have been started. Its a proven fact she likes to drag her feet & postpone everything as long as she can. They would be doing her a favor & she can concentrate on making better judgments.

    • Bad Barbie

      How do you pay back debts with leased cars, homes with no equity and fake jewelry?

      • WestCoastFeed

        Garnished wages are a start. The laundry supply company is getting their money back via that route.

        • Bad Barbie

          Yes this is true. The above poster didn’t mention wages, they mentioned assets. Most likely her income may be garnished going forward. The creditors have to go after it and the Feds already set their amount of restitution. Does anyone know if these can be paid simultaneously? Sounds like restitution $ is due yesterday.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Great question. I don’t think it will be soon enough for some people but the fact is a payment plan/schedule should be in place shortly if there isn’t already one. There will be a clearly delineated timeline and amount owed for each creditor. No doubt the sale of their things has already begun to take place in order to pay back creditors. The recent price reduction of their home may be a subtle nudge by the government that they want the proceeds from that sale soon.

  • Dani-K

    Do you know roughly how many people given an early release date this soon have it taken away? I mean – good behavior after two days shouldn’t be that difficult.
    Thanks!

    • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

      Great reality and points, yet open for speculation.

    • Bad Barbie

      The formula is standard. See it more as a psychological incentive. Dangling the carrot for good behavior. Anything can cause you a ticket though and can add time to your stay. Even having too many mail stamps is an infraction.

  • ImaSayinIt

    Stacy, thank you BIG for all the information! Great read!
    The Giudices only have Teresa’s books, reality shows or her brand to have future income. Once she is out, how aggressively will these creditors come after their money? How do you even put a time frame on $13 million? Is there any safeguard in place by Feds to make sure she is paying back money at a reasonable rate with her income/living ratio?
    Thank you again!

    • Stacy Slotnick

      You are extremely welcome. Glad the information was helpful and a great read. 🙂

      There will be a payment schedule that includes a timeline for when certain monies are due and owing. I agree wholeheartedly with you that her brand is where future assets lie. She should negotiate aggressively with networks, publishers, and any entertainment medium that is interested in paying her to be “Teresa Giudice.” That would be my PR advice.

  • disqus_jpuxh67QSR

    Teresa stood before a judge that was getting ready to decide her future and disclosed she had zero value on her jewelry. I have seen several pieces of her jewelry in person at a book signing. I owned a jewelry store for 20 years with my husband and am GIA certified. I know the value of what she was wearing that day. She may have worn CZ’s in her interview with Andy on WWHL after sentencing, but the ones i saw were very real..along with a Cartier watch and bracelets. That is what just blew me away she had the nerve to conceal that and lie to the judge. And blame the accountant. I hope at some point there are conequences to that

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thank you so much for this tip and personal story. Do you think early release is even tougher to swallow knowing what you know about her jewelry collection? Does it feel as though these people have committed an avalanche of crimes and are getting an easy pass by the justice system?

      • disqus_jpuxh67QSR

        It’s not the early release so much as why the judge excepted zero value when even costume has some value. I just think it takes a certain kind of crazy to conceal that kind of value on the spot with a judge that she expected to get probation. The people around her had to know this was untrue. How did this get past the lawyers? It was on TV for all to see. The light refracts differently in diamonds in photos or bright light. Her Catier watch is worth seventy grand…her center stone was at least four carats on her engagement ring..her diamond studs were 3 carats each..she has serious pieces with serious value..and then the name of her daughters group is 3KT..it does just blow me away.

        • WestCoastFeed

          I suspect the “raid” story was really a visit by the probation officers to inventory all her assets accurately. And that included her cache where she had hidden cash and jewelry. I doubt that they seized anything, but just made a record of it.

          • twifan2

            If only a record was made of their findings, then why didn’t the girls get their lavish Christmas gifts?
            Why reduce the selling price of their McMansion?

          • WestCoastFeed

            Do we know that the girls didn’t get their lavish Christmas gifts? Reducing the selling price on the house is simply necessary to get it sold. It still isn’t low enough according to estimates.

          • twifan2

            No pics have been posted-like they did on other holidays, showing off their wares. Gia was quiet about her Christmas gifts.
            Tre was absolutely quiet this holiday season.
            Not necessarily simply just to sell it, BUT to keep afloat of the daily expenses. Heat, electricity, food, gas, etc… must be high this time of year.

          • Bad Barbie

            Maybe they were told to keep it off social media?

            The “source” that leak this story could have been someone in their camp. All to distract people and put out a fake story A La Kardashian mode.

          • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

            Ha! Those kids don’t know how to stay off social media. Gia anyway–plus as I said above, Teresa hasn’t been photographed with her engagement ring since the raid story broke.

          • twifan2

            Gia’s been on there with her ‘gun’ emo. :/

          • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

            That’s what I mean. Gia has been working the crowd for pity big time. I do feel sorry for her kids–it’s so not their fault that they were born to a pair of neanderthal thug crooks.

          • twifan2

            TY! Exactly! PR for her ‘talented’ girl group. ;D

          • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

            Yes, exactly! She’s working the scams just like mama taught her!

            And they don’t have any talent. That’s the most offensive part. All that money wasted on a girl group that will never play anywhere but for free in a crappy mall.

          • twifan2

            $$$ Tre should have used to pay the utilities, gas, insurance, etc… the ‘simple’ things in life!

          • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

            YES!!! That’s why it was so offensive and made viewers so angry. Her denials of guilt (after pleading), playing stupid that she didn’t understand her plea deal, blaming attorneys, and then continuing to spend, spend, spend. It was a big EFF YOU to everyone.

          • twifan2

            This is Trelusinal Tre we talking about!
            She comes first & always first! :/

          • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

            BAMM!

          • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

            Trelusional is right. And that quality is ultimately what is going to get her butt hung in the slammer longer. She’s absolutely delusional about her offensive behavior. That won’t play in the federal pen.

          • WestCoastFeed

            The source was unnamed but said to be inside the Giudice camp. I think that is a very good reason to suspect the story and its accuracy.

          • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

            Hell, with a mortgage payment of $17K PER MONTH, I can’t imagine what their property taxes must be, what, $40K or more??? Holey Moley!
            And these jokers think it’s even vaguely appropriate to give their 4 girls and themselves $11K worth of Christmas presents?!?
            They have obviously been sittin’ on their heads because their asses have psychloptic myopia and all that comes out of their collective mouths is gas!

          • Bad Barbie

            AND for all we know that may all have been a PR scheme so people wouldn’t think that these girls still got lavish gifts. I have experienced that parents that F’ up over compensate kids with material things. Paying out of guilt.

          • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

            She was not photographed with her engagement ring after the raid story. I looked carefully in all the pictures that came out. I still believe things were seized.

          • Bad Barbie

            Is it possible that this story was ‘leaked’ by their camp with distorted info though?

          • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

            Sure–anything is possible–but somehow I don’t think so. Doc said her source was “rock solid” and that the source had NEVER given bad info before. I believe Doc. I do think the raid occurred in some capacity. And honestly, I don’t think the Giudices are smart enough to keep their Christmas loot off social media. Teresa LOVES showing off her expensive bling and designer clothes–and quite frankly, the entire family seems to.

          • Bad Barbie

            Your opinion is the most logically but I wouldn’t put it past them that they are fooling the media. All press is good press. Got us talking.

          • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

            You are absolutely right about that. I believe the Giudice camp is leaking a lot of these stories. It’s to Teresa’s interest to keep her name in the media–but my God–13 months of reading about what she ate, how good a dump she took, what kind of soap she showered with–oh for crying out loud–it’s just too much!

          • twifan2

            PLUS imo, getting some much needed $$$ to pay some bills with their ‘source’ stories.

          • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

            Of course there is that too….

          • twifan2

            The site over yonder pays, I believe. & at the first of the month there are all these Tre stories out. :/

          • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

            I believe you are right. That house must cost a fortune in electrical bills alone.

          • twifan2

            Heating right now is off the charts! 😮

          • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

            That’s right–they have been having a major chill in most areas of the country. It’s even been really cold here in SF!

          • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

            Yep, In the evenings/nights it been what I call a 3 cat sit down to watch TV! My moving fur coat!

          • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

            LOL! Oh I love me some kitties! How lovely you have them to keep you warm.

          • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

            It’s a mutual hand warmer situation! The fourth would be on my lap too, if he wasn’t a jerk!

          • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

            Hahahahaha! There’s always one who’s a stinker! 🙂

          • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

            Yep, I had given the front four their breakfast this morning and had food set up for a few more. The phone rang and I was talking to my colleague/friend.

            When I turned around the walking food vacuum was at it eating 2 other’s food. So Roley Poley (his name is Tuxedo) got lucky because he just missed getting my ire on his backside! He had porked down his and 1.5 more.

            Serves me right for talking on the phone, ay…. That scenario won’t be happening again! The pudge bowl buggar!

          • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

            LOL! Hilarious story. Sounds like a rascal!

          • TGIP – Nene’s New Wig

            Yeah, I gotta go, I hear growling…so he’s probably terrorizing my little girl.
            Later!

          • Bad Barbie

            Between them and the KKK ROL is very busy.

          • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

            That’s almost their entire repertoire! LOL.

          • Hi Heels……That wasn’t my story. It’s was Beach Spin’s source. She worked that story.

          • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

            Oh thank you for the clarification. I knew that BS wrote the story but I somehow thought the source was one of yours. It was such a well-written article. Beach is a really good writer. You’re lucky to have her.

          • Anne Green

            What do you think of the new pic on her Twitter head and Avi. Judging by looking at the children, it seems to be relatively new. She has her diamond on in that pic. Do you think that pics were taken before the raid?

          • WestCoastFeed

            Yes, those pics are part of the photos taken for the big Giudice family reunion. That was before the raid. I think they were done around the time of Milania’s first communion.

          • Anne Green

            I disagree West. They are wearing different clothing. The children look older in the Twitter picture. I guess we will never know.

          • WestCoastFeed

            The family reunion shots had everyone dressed in black tops and jeans, except for Joe’s grandmother who wore red. That’s what I was judging them by.

          • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

            I haven’t seen that picture. In all the pictures that were taken with her girls over the holidays, the pictures of her going to Gia’s show, I never saw her ring. I have no idea if the ring was taken but it’s not like Teresa to keep that kind of bling in a jewelry box.

          • twifan2

            Looks like before Christmas season. No decorations up around fireplace.

          • Atomicbetty1000

            I think they did seize small expensive items, and cash. I think the story of a raid was true. Also, I think there was some type if gag order given to Theresa. After the “visit” occurred, we didn’t “hear” from her on Instagram or Twitter. Something happened in December 16th.

        • Bad Barbie

          When did these people fall into “wealth”? Before or after the show’s success. It seems to me that they were raised very average and the parents were not wealthy.

          For someone that comes from nothing, she sure acted as if she is a trust fund baby and like Momma Joyce can’t live any other way than the way which she is accustomed to (LOL!). She shouldn’t have a problem going back to basics. Such a scam.

          • misstc

            The first season of RHONJ was where I first saw Tre spend, spend, spend buying the girls clothes, furniture, etc. It wasn’t Bravo money she was spending and I at once wondered “just what does Juicy do that allows Tre to carry so much cash”? The main story was Happy wife, happy life.

          • WestCoastFeed

            That’s when I figured he was a crook and she was spending funny money. I have been waiting for them to get their comeuppance ever since.

    • Bad Barbie

      There were consequences to that. The idiot blew it. The judge was about to give her probation. What a moron!

    • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

      Plus, even costume jewelry is worth something. She said her jewelry was worth ZERO which is too unbelievable.

      This is why she will always get in trouble. Because she lies and cheats in such unbelievable ways. She should have claimed her jewelry was worth 3 grand and the judge might have believed that—but to say it was worth nothing was like sticking her middle finger in the judge’s face.

    • Vince Foster, Jr.

      Is there any truth to the rumor I just made up that the prison found a vajaja piercing on Teresa?

      • WestCoastFeed

        Oh dear, Vince. Someone will spread that story and it will become truth.

      • YUCK!! OMG VINCE!!!

      • Rochelle Barozzi

        LOLOL and ew!

    • Babson_Chick

      Yes I don’t see her being proud of wearing fake – she’s too vain.

  • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

    Great article, Stacy!

    I still say she won’t be able to keep that temper in check for 13 months. I also think she will try to have someone try to sneak contraband in–extensions or some other thing she wants and feels entitled to have.

    She has NEVER played by the rules–never. She’s a narcissistic sociopath who believes she is above the law. I just know she’s going to do more time. As they say in Boston, I’d be willing to make a “magah wagah” on it.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Love it! Thanks for the excellent comments. Do you think the promise of early release will make her more or less likely to break the rules behind bars as someone you explained “NEVER played by the rules?”

  • Bonita Gee

    I KNEW IT………… Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!! Bravo already, getting ready to start taping the show. So they gotta get her schedule right for her spin off show can start just in time for Valentines Day of 2016 is more like it I guess. …… Gone BUST that time out at Danbury (camp Cupcake) so you can get back to your SHOWS

    • WestCoastFeed

      Hi, Bonita G. I read that blog that claims Bravo will begin taping 4 or 5 months before Tre’s release (expected to be in December, or perhaps even as early as October) so they can have the cast members talking about how Tre and Juicy and the girls are doing while she is imprisoned. And then have the grand finale be Tre’s dramatic return.

      • Bonita Gee

        Yep I’m sure they will………… Bravo is going to CASH IN on this ANY WAY they can I’m sure… I mean it’s reality TV, it’s their job to record, tape and air Hot Messiness… LOL!

    • Spin off show? What spin off show??? LOL!!

      • Atomicbetty1000

        If Theresa is asked back on RHNJ, they will never have to pay her as much as they did. Theresa needs a job, so she will have to take what they offer her. Unless Bravo is willing to admit the show is scripted, I doubt Theresa will be able to “bring it.” Theresa will be forced to act like a sedated cow (minor moo) Theresa will still be on probation when the show starts filming again. I don’t know how many months of probation after, but she won’t be screeching at or bullying anyone.

        • That’s a very good point. She’ll be in a desperate, vulnerable state and will take anything. Bravo has the upper hand in this position.

  • Vince Foster, Jr.

    Here is my prediction: Teresa gets out at the end of the year. She then refiles for bankruptcy to stop the creditors and lenders. All her assets have disappeared into the air like magic!

    • twifan2

      1 thing wrong with that!
      She can’t refile for bankruptcy….NEXT! 😀

      • I was thinking the same thing.

      • Stacy Slotnick

        A criminal conviction will not, by itself, prevent one from filing or refiling for bankruptcy.

        • twifan2

          But don’t you think the banks, courts will be going over their filing with a fine tooth comb from here on?
          Could they be that dumb as to try scamming as before? :/

          • Stacy Slotnick

            Ideally, courts and lawyers review all documentation in order to make appropriate judgements and defend clients, respectively. Since this is such a high profile case, instinctively one would think that the legal system will give their filings an extraordinarily detailed review.

            Unfortunately, this case in some ways highlights the loopholes in our legal system: The Giudices were able to defraud creditors for an elongated period of time. The only way to prevent scamming the system is to have an infrastructure in place that polices criminals effectively and robustly.

          • twifan2

            ‘Ideally, courts and lawyers review all documentation in order to make appropriate judgements and defend clients, respectively. ‘ <—Mr. Kridel wasn't their lawyer at that time was he? I can't see him letting that lie based document go thru to a court with his signature on it. :/

    • Is filing for bankruptcy again an option when 1) she’s a convicted felon and 2) she committed bankruptcy fraud.

      • Stacy Slotnick

        Indeed it is. Felony charges have no effect on your status to file for bankruptcy. However, you wouldn’t be able to discharge certain restitution awards or certain civil claims based on criminal acts.

    • Raine Woman

      Vince, I can’t believe you passed on the TMZ interview! You could have insisted on facial pixilation, voice distortion, and worn that snappy suit in your Avi. 🙂

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thank you very much for your thoughts and predictions, Vince Foster, Jr. Though I do not specialize in bankruptcy law, it appears that there is no limit to how many times you can file bankruptcy, but your debts can only be discharged within certain time limits. For more information, take a look at these resources: http://www.mernalaw.com/can-you-refile-bankruptcy-virginia/ & http://info.legalzoom.com/many-times-can-file-chapter-13-24272.html Remember, United States Bankruptcy Court judge Donald H. Steckroth denied the Giudices’ bid to erase $13M debt several months ago.

  • Mustang

    Totally expected. I’m not going to get in a twist about it.

  • TheBeverlyHillsHaveEyes

    Thanks Stacy! I know that it was likely she would only serve 85% of the sentence but I at least thought they would wait until she was well in to prison time before announcing it and it would be dependent on behavior. Like what’s the point of giving a sentence and then automatically reducing it without seeing how that prisoner behaves?

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thanks for your comments, TheBeverlyHillsHaveEyes. You and many others found it particularly peculiar that the announcement regarding her early release was made so soon after she surrendered to prison, apparently without the foresight as to how she would behave as a prisoner to warrant an early release. Sure, there are sentencing guidelines but there also is this very important concept of “good behavior” that should — in theory — be intimately tied to an early release date.

  • Babson_Chick

    Thanks Stacy for the confirmation of her new release date. Early release doesn’t bother me as she thought she’d get probation with no time to be serviced so maybe she’ll change – a little maybe.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thank you, Babson_Chick, for your contributions and thoughts on this story.

      • Babson_Chick

        Anytime lol and you’re welcome!!