'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Star Joe Giudiceâ€™s Trial Could Be Delayed Until 2013 (EXCLUSIVE)
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Jay McCann told Celebuzz the Real Housewives of New JerseyÂ star'sÂ trial set for October 1 -- arguingÂ Joe GiudiceÂ fraudulently obtained a driverâ€™s license -- could be delayed into 2013.
â€śThe chances of it going on that day are slim,â€ť McCann said. â€śWe are going to have to get closer to the day to see if the judge will have time."
The prosecutor added: â€śThe court tries to give preference to cases for those who are incarcerated first.â€ť
Giudice, 42, rejected a plea deal of five years in prison just last month stemming from his arrest in March 2011 after an investigation involving three law enforcement agencies -- the Passaic County Prosecutor, its Financial Crimes Unit and the Montville Township Police Department --Â uncovered that the reality star allegedly obtained a license using his brotherâ€™s ID in June 2010.
At the time, his license had been suspended after a DUI conviction that same year.
McCann said he anticipates Giudice will take the stand in his own defense between October 2012 and June 2013 â€“ but it shouldnâ€™t take long for the prosecutors to make their case.
â€śItâ€™s not going to be a very long case to try,â€ť he said. â€śIt should only take about two weeks. The fact pattern is not complex.
â€śI think we have a strong case with strong evidence.â€ť
Although witness lists have yet to be submitted, McCann added Giudiceâ€™s brother is a potential witness for the state. Giudiceâ€™s reality star wife, 40,Â is a different story.
â€śThe state is limited on using a spouse at trial, but (Giudiceâ€™s) defense attorney could put her on the stand," he said.
If convicted, Giudice faces 10 years in prison.