LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A Joe Giudice prison fight is beginning as Teresa Giudice is setting sail, literally. Joe Giudice will fight a possible prison (not jail) sentence in October this year. Giudice’s criminal trial begins that month; if found guilty, Giudice could immediately begin serving time in New Jersey state prison. But Teresa wonâ€™t be around. She’s heading to sea, hosting a celebrity cruise that December just weeks after her husband fights for his freedom.
Over the last year, Joe and Teresa Giudice’s news statements about his criminal trial have been anything but normal. The two on RHOC compared his criminal case, in which he faces ten years in prison if found guilty, to Joe Gorga’s mere civil dispute over windows. Even recently, Teresa told news that Joe was not available to appear at a court hearing because he was attending a teeth whitening convention.
But now, Teresa admits she is setting sail, even if Joe is possibly sent away, this winter. Teresa will host from December 28 to January 4, 2012 a Caribbean Holland America cruise ship that is all about her and her businesses. Fans will be treated to a Kate Gosselin like cruise that will feature discussions about food and winemaking.
So who hosts a cruise right after their husband stands trial in a criminal case? Teresa will, even though she is “100 percent behind him”, Joe’s attorney told a court last week.
The state offered Joe a plea deal in which he would serve five years in state prison (not local jail), but assured Giudice that he could be eligible for probation. Giudice declined.
Miles Feinstein told the Superior Court Judge Greta Gooden Brown that his client is ready to go trial. Joe Giudice agreed, appearing in court wearing blue jeans. Bravo cameras were not in the courtroom.
Giudice is accused of using his brother Pietro’s information to allegedly obtain a fake identification from the DMV in New Jersey after Giudice’s own license had been suspended. Giudice contends that he is being treated worse because he is a celebrity. â€œWe believe that because of his celebrity, he is being treated differently than others.”