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Thoughts on the Teresa Giudice Sentencing

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I didn’t anticipate the Teresa Giudice sentencing to be as big of a deal as it ended up being yesterday.

I knew that Teresa and Joe were scheduled to be sentenced at 10:00 A.M. in Newark, so I figured I’d sit by my computer for a half hour until we learned what the verdict was.

I had promised my Facebook page followers that I’d keep them posted on the latest developments, so I basically was refreshing my Twitter feed constantly, waiting to hear updates from sneaky courthouse spies. (Federal court isn’t televised.)

I didn’t realize that it would take half the day before we learned that Joe Giudice was sentenced to 41 months in jail and it would be nearly 5:00 P.M. before we learned that Teresa was sentenced to 15 months in jail.

My emotions over this case have run the gamut from the initial Good they deserve it! to Boy I hope that Teresa is spared jail time.

As an avid Real Housewives of New Jersey watcher, I was disgusted with the way the Giudices flaunted their “wealth” on-screen while news was breaking of charges against them (in 2010) for such crimes as tax evasion and fraud.

(Click here for an informative timeline of events in this case from NJ.com.)

Also, Teresa’s personal vendetta against her sister-in-law Melissa just made me dislike her even more. So I was not a Teresa fan in the least. 

I thought that the attitude of both Giudices was arrogant, defensive, and insincere. I mean, if I was arrested for similar charges, you can bet I would be acting a bit more humble while being filmed for a reality show.

And then finally, this season, it seemed that Teresa got it. Her defenses were down.

Did she know she was beaten? Had she given up putting up a front? 

Whatever her reasons were (and I don’t believe she was acting– she’s not that good), it was a different Teresa that we saw this season. 

The new Teresa was resigned, dejected, sincere, and I’d like to think, honest. 

We saw brutally raw moments between her and her kids.

One that stood out for me was when Teresa was talking to her oldest daughter Gia in the kitchen. The conversation just stopped and Gia dissolved into tears. Because of her parents and their legal problems. The fact that they were facing jail time.

Watching Teresa watch her daughter cry over something that was essentially her fault was just…sad. 

This whole situation is just sad. 

That the Giudices couldn’t see past their desire to live the fabulous life even though they couldn’t afford it? Sad.

That the four kids will spend a year apart from their mother, followed by three years apart from their father? Sad.

That the prevailing emotion for some individuals is to cheer that “justice was served?” I find that also sad.

You can think that they “deserved” this punishment and that they had it coming. Maybe that’s true. Or I should say most likely that is true.

But to revel in a situation like this is what’s wrong with people today. 

I guess these haters have lived extremely scrupulous lives…never jay-walking, never smoking pot, never claiming a lunch with a friend was a “business expense.”

My husband gave me some sage advice recently: “The things that other people do that bother us the most, are the things in ourselves that we despise.” Food for thought.

I have no doubt that in this case, Teresa will most certainly learn her lesson after this harsh punishment handed down. But just like my girl Martha Stewart, Teresa will survive.

Let’s just hope she’s been watching Orange is the New Black for some pointers.

 Photo courtesy of Bravo.

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  • Beth
    October 3, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Part of me thinks that Teresa is so ignorant that she had no idea what they were doing was wrong, that she listened to what Joe told her and went along with it without a clue in the world. The other part of me thinks we’ve all been manipulated I to thinking she couldn’t be involved. Her change in attitude is most likely because she finally realized she and her husband couldn’t avoid jail time. You do the crime, you do the time. I’m sorry if I can’t muster up too much sympathy. I’m not relishing in it, but I can’t feel bad for them. I can feel bad for their kids who are innocent bystanders, but not for them.
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    • Lindsay
      October 3, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      Valid points, Beth! I am on the fence about it, too. I definitely could see Teresa just going along with what Joe said and trusting that her husband wouldn’t lead them down the wrong path.
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  • Trish Adkins
    October 3, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    #NickWisdom

    PS It is sad. It is horribly sad. However, reading some of the comments from the Judge, it seems she did her best to be fair yet stern.
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  • Lindsay
    October 3, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    I agree it was fair yet stern, and I also think the judge was trying to make an example out of them. Which is good– all these people trying to live lavishly with money they don’t have will now see that getting caught is a real possibility.

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