Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe pleaded ‘Not Guilty’ to the 39 charges of fraud and tax evasion. The couple headed back to federal court on Wednesday afternoon to proclaim their innocence. NY Daily News reports the couple stood quietly in the courtroom and let their lawyers do the talking. And after their brief appearance in front of the judge, Joe and Teresa left holding hands with grim expressions.
“They vehemently deny their guilt,” Joe Giudice’s lawyer, Miles Feinstein, said before the Giudices entered the federal courtroom. “There’s an assumption of innocence and they vehemently assert their innocence.”
The 39-count indictment claims the Giudices conspired to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud and making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud.
And as for Joe’s immigration status, his lawyer said, “Joe didn’t know he wasn’t a citizen. The rest of his family is. Had he know and applied for citizenship he certainly would have gotten it.”
Since the couple have separate lawyers there has been specualtion that they will testify against each other, but Joe’s lawyer says Joe would never testify against his wife. “He’ll do anything to help Teresa, but he’d never ever testify against her,” Feinstein said.
A trial date has been set for October 8th.
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