What’s next? Todd as well as Julie Chrisley It may not be easy to challenge their combined 19-year prison sentence, according to a legal expert. Neama Ramani.
“I don’t think this appeal has much chance of success,” the CEO of West Coast Trial Lawyers said in an exclusive statement. Us weekly Tuesday, November 22, one day after Chrisley knows best the couple was sentenced. “I understand that they blame their former employee Mark [Braddock], but there’s plenty of evidence of what they did, including what they did to a grand jury in an attempt to obstruct justice. And the problem with an appeal is that you really need to appeal some kind of legal error – a mistake made by a judge. It’s very difficult to appeal a jury’s decision.”
Ramani continued, “In this particular case, the jury found that it was Todd and Julie who committed the fraud, not their former employee.”
The lawyer hinted that Braddock, who worked for Todd’s buyout management company until 2012, was likely credible. “When I was a former U.S. Attorney, my two best sources of information have always been exes, husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, and former employees. … They know where the bodies are buried,” Ramani said.
Us confirmed on Monday, Nov. 21, that Todd, 53, was sentenced to 12 years in prison after being convicted in June on charges of tax evasion, bank fraud and conspiracy to defraud the IRS. Julie, 49, was sentenced to seven years in prison. The couple will also have to serve 16 months of probation.
Ramani was “not surprised” by the length of the reality star’s sentences, saying Todd and Julie “tried to mislead the court at every turn” throughout the trial. “First they presented fake documents to the grand jury, then they tried to get the witnesses to lie under oath, and of course they were convicted by this jury in Atlanta,” the lawyer said. Us. “And instead of taking responsibility, they doubled down. They gave interviews, wrote in social networks about their innocence. So I’m not surprised the judge didn’t give them a break when they took no responsibility for the fraud they committed.”
The TV hosts have pleaded not guilty to the charges since their trial began in May. Ramani, however, argued that a guilty plea would be of “significant benefit” if the couple wanted to commute the sentence.
“According to federal law, they must serve 85% of their sentence, even if they are model prisoners,” Ramani said. Us. “So you can get a little good behavior leave if they’re model prisoners, of course, but they don’t get the discount they can get in some states, where some states actually serve half or even less. than this part of your proposal.”
The real estate mogul and South Carolina native married in 1996 and have three children: chase26, Savannah25, grayson16. Todd is also a father Lindsey33 and Kyle31 years he shares with his ex-wife Teresa Terry.
Despite the duo’s lengthy jail time, their lawyer said Us in a statement on Tuesday that the couple is “looking to the future with optimism” as they plan their next steps. “Yesterday was a difficult day for the Chrisley family,” the lawyer said. Alex Little said. “But Todd and Julie are people of faith, and that faith gives them strength when they appeal to their beliefs.”
With a report by Christina Garibaldi
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