Breaking: Judge Announces Bombshell Ruling in Joe Giudice Deportation Case
Things aren't looking good for ol' Joe
Heading to Prison
Joe Giudice reported for his 41-month prison term in March 2016, and it looked like he wouldn’t be a free man until halfway into 2019, but things are getting very complicated while he waits to be released. Joe just filed suit against the US Bureau of Prisons for denying him an alcohol-rehabilitation program.
Joe and his wife Teresa were both found guilty of bankruptcy fraud and submitting false loan applications to get millions of dollars in mortgages and construction loans. They also didn’t pay their fair share of taxes. Teresa spent 15 months in the clink first, then it was Joe’s turn; the judge staggered their sentences for the benefit of their four daughters.
Joe is currently locked up in Fort Dix Prison. He was expecting to be released on March 14, 2019. (It was originally August 21, 2019.) He was told that if he completed an alcohol-rehabilitation program in prison that he would be eligible for house arrest beginning November 11, 2018, which would significantly shorten his stay behind bars and allow him to be with his family, but he just lost that hope.
Joe was born in Italy, so he’s considered an immigrant. As an immigrant, he faces possible deportation if he’s found guilty of a crime. A detainer was placed against him by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and they’ve set a deportation hearing for him on March 14, 2019 (a.k.a his release date).
Not only does the detainer disallow him from the alcohol rehab program that would send him home early, he could face years of legal woes trying to live in the States period.
Fighting for Family
Joe filed the suit against the Bureau of Prisons for “improperly denying” him access to the program, saying he was “placed in a federal prison that does not permit him to appear before an immigration judge while he serves his sentence.”
The papers he filed continue, “Mr. Giudice, a lawful permanent resident, is being improperly denied admission into the RDAP [Residential Drug Abuse] program, as he is not an ‘immigration and customs enforcement detainee.’ The ICE detainer is unsigned and improperly executed. ICE’s placement of a detainer on him has deprived him of all programs afforded to other inmates at Ft. Dix without giving Mr. Giudice a chance to challenge his removability from the United States. He will not be able to fight removal until 2019.”
Joe asserts that other federal prisons let inmates go to court during their sentences to fight deportation, and he wants that right as well.
Do you think that Joe has a case? Or will he end up back in Italy fighting tooth and nail to rejoin his family in America? Let us know what you think about this legal matter in the comments and SHARE this story!