The legal system’s special treatment for celebs

By Jacqueline Lopez-Crisp

Joe and Teresa Giudice from “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” have recently attracted a lot of attention for their legal issues. Their troubles include mail and wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud and failure to file a tax return in 2004.

Both are facing prison time. According to, Teresa Giudice will serve 15 months and Joe Giudice will serve 41 months.

A few days after the original court case, Joe Giudice added 18 more months to his sentence, stemming from a fraud and forgery case. This brings Joe Giudice’s total sentence to 59 months. Along with jail time, the couple is also required to pay restitution of $414,588.

The reality television stars will serve their sentence at different times, so their four daughters will have at least one parent with them.

Most of the time, when someone goes to court, they are arrested at the time they are sentenced. But for the Giudices, this was not the case. Teresa Giudice will begin her sentence on Jan. 5, and Joe Giudice will begin his sentence when she returns home.

There are plenty of children that have had both of their parents in jail at the same time. Why are the Giudices being allowed to serve at different times for the sakes of their children, but other parents haven’t had the option?

Plus, as we have seen so often with other celebrities in the past, they may get the celebrity treatment and dismissed earlier than expected. How long will these stars actually serve?

Many celebrities have had to go to jail before, but the majority only serve a fraction of the time they were sentenced to serve.

In 2007, Paris Hilton was sentenced to 45 days in jail after violating probation. However, Hilton only served a few days and was released earlier for good behavior. She was allowed to complete the remaining 40 days of her sentence from the comfort of her own home.

Lindsay Lohan is another celebrity who adds to the case that stars receive special treatment when it comes to legal issues. In 2007, Lohan found herself in trouble with the law due to drug use, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.

She was sentenced to one day in jail, enrollment in an alcohol education program, community service and probation.

The Los Angeles Times reported that when it came time to serve her single day, Lohan actually spent a grand total of 84 minutes in jail. This was supposedly because of facility overcrowding and the nature of her crime.

There has likely been overcrowding before and after Lohan was in jail, so why did they not release other inmates? There are probably other inmates who have exhibited good behavior, so why are they not released within days of starting their sentences?

Like every other inmate that has been convicted of a crime, celebrities made their own choices and should be required to face the consequences of their actions.

A lot of celebrities always say they would like to be treated like regular people, but when they get in trouble, they do not mind using their fame to get out of it.

Celebrities should be treated like regular people just as they should be tried and sentenced, if found guilty, like regular people.

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Monica Lopez / The Poly Post

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