"Real Housewives' husband turns down plea deal

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - July 31, 2012

Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice on Monday rejected a plea deal of five years in prison. His wife didn't attend the hearing.

The 42-year-old could face up to 10 years in prison if he's convicted of using his brother's identity to obtain a driver's license while his own license was suspended in 2010.

Attorney Miles Feinstein tells The Record newspaper his client is being singled out for his celebrity status.

But Chief Assistant Passaic County Prosecutor Jay McCann says tampering with a license is a serious offense in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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