Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice, aka “Juicy Joe” and husband to histrionic Real Housewife Teresa Giudice, will remain in ICE custody while his deportation appeal case is decided, per a judge’s ruling. TMZ reports that Juicy Joe had petitioned to be released from jail while he waited to find out if he’s actually going to be deported back to Italy or not. Things aren’t looking rosy for ole’ Joe.
Juicy, 47, already served 41 months in a regular jail after being convicted (along with wifey) on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and tax evasion. (Orange you thought I was gonna type “fraud” again?) Giudice was also sentenced to be deported back to Italy (his parents moved him here when he was one) as soon as he did his time. He’s been in what is surely (from what I’ve seen on the news) a homey and pleasant ICE facility since getting released from jail, awaiting his appeal. I’m sure it’s jusssst like his New Jersey McMansion.
His lawyers are currently fighting the deportation. Joe feels that he should be allowed to be with Teresa and their four daughters (Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 10) while waiting to see if he’s going back to Italy. The judge denying Joe’s request to await deportation at home was a sad defeat for Joe and his legal team.
The Giudice family attorney, James Leonard Jr., tells TMZ, “We are absolutely devastated. Our system of justice has failed this family. We are now at the mercy of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. God willing they will return this man home to his four daughters.”
Joe already lost a deportation ruling appeal once, but this one is before a higher court. He can try to get bond again and get out of ICE in 30 days, but the lawyer says he’ll just stay put now and wait to learn his fate.
As someone who just returned from a vacation in Italy, I can attest that Italy doesn’t want his ass. All I saw was “America: Keep Juicy Joe!” signs wherever I went, from the Amalfi Coast to Florence! I kid, but I’m probably somewhere in the ballpark as to Italy’s opinion of this mess.