Now that Joe Giudice has been sentenced on multiple federal charges, he is back in the courtroom facing longstanding State charges. Back in Season Two of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, Joe was convicted of a DUI after he drove his car into a pole. His license was suspended. Months later
he was caught driving with a new license his brother Pete was stopped and when they ran his license the photo that showed up looked like his brother Joe, so Joe was charged with obtaining a false driver’s license using his brother’s ID. (Updated a little – I had forgotten the specifics of the original case it’s been so long.) The case was delayed, delayed again, and again, and again, and then again pending his federal charges. He’s in court today.
Here’s what we know so far.
He arrived alone:
He threatened a videographer:
He rejected a plea deal that would have given him time concurrent with his federal time. At issue was the plea also included a suspended driver’s license for two year. (Ironically, if he didn’t have a delay in serving his federal sentence, that wouldn’t have mattered, but since he’ll be the sole adult when Teresa serves her sentence, not being able to drive could present a big problem.)
Joe’s lawyer stated that Joe wanted to go to trial because he wasn’t guilty.
But after words from the judge, Joe asked for more time to confer with his lawyer before making a final decision.
More time?? He’s had years to think about this. It really makes you wonder what sort of advice his lawyer is giving him, doesn’t it?
He’ll be back in court 2:30 pm east coast time. Stay tuned!
UPDATE: Joe returned to court some time after 3 and plead guilty to possession of a fraudulent driver’s license. He’ll receive a formal sentence on March 20, but will be sentence to time served concurrent with his federal sentence, so he won’t serve any extra time in prison for this charge. The only question on the table is how long his driver’s license will be suspended.
So here are my thoughts ...
Have his lawyers completely given up on him? Why did it take a short lecture from the judge to get him to change his mind – what did the judge say that the lawyers didn’t say?
How did he possess a fraudulent driver’s license if he didn’t apply for one? or Why would it make a difference to him how the plea was worded if the end result was the same, it’s not like he has a reputation for honesty to uphold?
UPDATE 3: Joe was also caught on camera shoving a cameraman.
— Dave Carlin (@DaveCarlinTV) October 15, 2014
And here is the video from the actual camera:
(PS I’m home – jetlagged, and probably about to go back to bed. It’s nice to be home!)