A lot of questions still loom for Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice, who were both given prison sentences today after pleading guilty to fraud in March. Here's the big one: Could Joe be deported after serving his time?
Back in March, Joe's lawyer told Us Weekly that deportation is indeed still a possible punishment for the Italian-born Joe. "Joe could be deported," says Joe's attorney. "I think it would be a tremendous injustice, given that he's been here since he was one year old. His parents and brothers have been naturalized, and Teresa and the children are citizens. Joe not getting U.S. citizenship, just slipped through the cracks."
So why isn't Joe a U.S. citizen? "He could have gotten it easily," says his lawyer. "He thought he was a citizen, as did everyone else. The fact that he wasn't, was brought up in the state case. He didn’t know up until then."
Is that still a possibility? Yes, yes it is. The two parents will not go to prison at the same time, so that at least one can be home with the girls at any given time, and CBS reports that Judge Esther Salas decided Teresa would serve first in part because she has the shorter sentence, but also because Joe could still be deported after being released.
Are you surprised that Joe could be deported?