There is good news growing in the garden state!
Joe and Teresa Giudice have just received a small victory in Joe’s ongoing deportation case. The Real Housewives of New Jersey couple has been going through a lot, but they have been granted more time in their deportation battle.
A federal judge granted Joe more time to submit his opening brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals as he continues to fight his deportation order, according to North Jersey Record reports. Joe was originally going to have to submit his opening brief by June 12th. According to documents the “extension of time to file his opening brief” has been granted which now moves that date back to July 15th.
The RHONJ couple also got good news last month, when he was granted permission to stay in the U.S. while his deportation case is ongoing. Plus, Joe and Teresa got good news this spring when he received support from 27 former immigration judges to let him remain in the country. Joe has been fighting to stay in the U.S. since a judge ordered in October of 2018 that he was to be deported back to Italy after completing his 41-month prison sentence. The Giudice family created a petition to keep Joe in the country, too. Andy Cohen has signed the petition!
Joe and Teresa are staying positive during this difficult time while they continue to fight for Joe to remain in the U.S.
Meanwhile, NJ.com reports that Joe and Teresa have hired a high-profile attorney to help Joe evade deportation and remain in the United States.
The RHONJ couple has hired Michael Critchley, who is most infamously known in NJ for playing a key role in the Bridgegate trial.
“The Critchley firm has been retained to assist with a post-conviction application to the court regarding the criminal case,” says James Leonard Jr., an Atlantic City-based attorney, and spokesperson for the Giudice family.
Critchley says Giudice is determined to fight to stay in the United States even if that means remaining in ICE custody.
“If he chose, he could leave tomorrow and could be sipping cappuccino,” Critchley says. “He believes strongly in his right to stay in this country. This is the only country he’s ever known.”
Giudice’s new legal team plans to “address the basis for considering Joe guilty of an aggravated felony,” which is what “made him eligible for deportation” to Italy.
The legal team argues that “uncertainties in the record have left the misimpression with regard to his immigration proceedings that there was an admission by Mr. Giudice, as well as finding by this Court, that Wells Fargo experienced an out-of-pocket loss of $414,588.90.”
“This misimpression,” Critchley argues,” has had the catastrophic result of erroneously making Mr. Giudice subject to deportation.”
“Our position is that under the concept of loss for immigration status purposes, there was no out-of-pocket loss because they had been made whole,” Critchley adds.
Stay tuned to AllAboutTRH for more on this developing story.
I’m hoping for the best for Teresa, Joe, and their four daughters!
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