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Last Minute Plea! Just Days Before Their Sentencing, Teresa & Joe Giudice Beg Judge Not To Allow Letters From Former Friends & Business Partners Into The Court

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Sep. 29 2014, Published 12:14 p.m. ET

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After much delay, the time has finally arrived.

In just three days, Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and Joe Giudice will be sentenced after pleading guilty to fraud and tax evasion charges in March.

But despite the lingering threat of prison, RadarOnline.com can reveal that the couple received a bit of mercy from a federal court judge last week.

On September 24, attorneys for the troubled reality stars, both 42, begged the judge not to allow “sentencing letters submitted by concerned citizens to the court,” state documents exclusively obtained by Radar.

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The pair seems to fear that angry former friends or business associates could help decide their fate.

In April, Joe’s former business partner, Joe Mastropole— who claims his ex buddy still owes him the $260,000 court judgment he won in 2011— told Radar the convicted felon deserves a harsh punishment.

“A few years in jail is not enough,” he fumed. “The time is not enough for the crime.”

Due to their plea deal, Joe will reportedly serve a minimum of five years in prison, while Teresa will escape jail time altogether.

However, Joe and Teresa seen to be safe from outsiders’ influence— the judge agreed not to allow the written letters into the courtroom.

For more on the New Jersey parents’ sentencing, keep checking in with Radar.

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