'RHONJ's Teresa Giudice's Prison Sentence is Fair But It's Not a Reason to Gloat

Apparently there are some people who don't already know that there are actually some situations in which gloating isn't appropriate. When Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice received a 15-month prison sentence shortly after her husband Joe Giudice was sentenced to 41 months, one of the show's more annoying hangers-on Kim Granatell posted a series of nasty tweets regarding the outcome of the Giudices' trial for fraud and tax charges. In a nutshell, Granatell is extremely overjoyed at the sentencing and used a bunch of attention-whoring hashtags to make her point. Her tweets are just too ridiculous to be rewarded with further attention, and hopefully Bravo doesn't give her anymore airtime during their upcoming special on the Giudices.

Regardless of the crimes committed by the Joe and Teresa, people like Granatell shouldn't forget about how the sentencing is impacting the Giudice's children, especially their 13-year-old Gia who is already painfully aware of the punishments her parents face. It is extremely unfortunate that it took a jail sentence and the pain and embarrassment of their children for the Giudices to realize the error of their ways, but I think the outcome was completely fair, particularly after reading what presiding Judge Esther Salas took into consideration before issuing the sentences. According to US Weekly, Salas came extremely close to granting Teresa probation.

For a moment, I thought about probation until I read the government's report. What you did in the financial disclosure really sticks in my craw. It's what the court has a problem with. It shows blatant disrespect for the court. I’ve seen a lot, but I’ve never seen the confusion and work that went into these financial documents. The conduct which you piece-mealed, these financial documents, which I needed for this case were harder to decipher than any I've encountered.

In the end, the judge was fair but compassionate enough to stagger the Giudices' sentences for the sake of the couple's children. Honestly, I doubt Teresa would've learned her lesson and taken accountability for her actions had she avoided jail time. In the courtroom Teresa said, "I am more sorry than anyone will ever know. My daughters are my life. I don't care about the TV show, or materialistic things." For her family's sake, hopefully those words are sincere.