“The kids are freaking out, I am freaking out,” the former ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ star said after an important decision was made regarding the appeal of her parents’ Todd and Julie Chrisley’s convictions.
Things are looking up for Todd and Julie Chrisley!
On Instagram Monday, their daughter Savannah Chrisley had some “huge news” to share regarding the couple’s ongoing appeal for their fraud case.
“I am freaking out! As you know, we are spending Thanksgiving a little different this year, because I wasn’t going to fake it. I wasn’t going to do the traditional Thanksgiving we’re always used to,” Savannah, 26, said in the emotional clip, set to “Goodness of God” by CeCe Winans. “But I got a call this morning and the appeals court has granted our oral arguments. So, I literally was sobbing.”
Through a choked-up voice, the Unlocked podcast host noted that they’re now “one step closer to getting mom and dad home.
The kids are freaking out. I’m freaking out. I got to explain it to Chloe,” she continued. “It’s just amazing.”
From there, the Chrisley Knows Best alum revealed that oral arguments will begin the week of March 25, 2024. “Only about 6 percent of cases that are submitted for oral arguments get accepted. So this is huge news,” she explained.
“We get to go and argue why mom and dad should be home,” she added. “So, God is good. Thanksgiving win!”
In the clip’s caption, Savannah stressed that an “oral argument in an appellate court represents a critical moment in every case. The briefs are written, and the panel may already be leaning towards a decision. Oral argument, therefore, is an opportunity to cement the panel’s decision in your favor, or perhaps your final chance to save your case!!”
Savannah also wrote: “I WILL NEVER STOP FIGHTING FOR YOU MAMA AND DADDY!”
The reality star’s post was flooded with supportive comments, including from her big brother Chase Chrisley. “God is good!!! 🙏🏻🙏🏻,” he replied.
Savannah’s post was also shared by her estranged sister, Lindsie Chrisley.
After the family brought on new attorney Jay Surgent of Weiner Law Group LLP this year, reported in late July that they “did our final filings” earlier that month.
“The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals can reverse the District Court, or they could remand the case back for hearings that should have been held that were not held during the course of this trial,” Surgent previously explained. “We argued very vigorously that their constitutional rights have been violated, and that they basically were not given a fair hearing. It’s all in black and white, actually.”
Amid Todd and Julie’s time behind bars, Savannah — who is currently caring for younger siblings Grayson, 17, and Chloe, 10 — has stepped into prison reform activism while continuing to fight for her parents’ return home.
“This has been quite the journey,” she explained to Media last month. “I like to say I was tone-deaf to the system. I’m not sitting here saying I am the most knowledgeable person when it comes to that. So what I have done is I’ve taken my hurt that I’ve experienced and I’m trying to take that hurt and make it effective instead of allowing it to eat at me.”
The holiday season just got a little brighter for Savannah Chrisley and family
Savannah, daughter of Todd and Julie Chrisley, took to Instagram on Monday to share a video update on her parents’ appeals case. The “Chrisley Knows Best” stars were originally charged and convicted for involvement in an extensive bank fraud scheme in June 2022. As Savannah was discussing her family’s Thanksgiving plans amid Todd and Julie’s prison sentences, the 26-year-old excitedly revealed that she’d received a phone call notifying her that the appeals court had granted a request for oral arguments in her parents’ case.
We are spending Thanksgiving a little different this year because I wasn’t going to fake it. I wasn’t going to do the traditional Thanksgiving we’re always used to,” Savannah said. But after the call, “I literally was sobbing. It is one step closer to getting mom and dad home. The kids are freaking out. I’m freaking out. … It’s just amazing.
Savannah said oral arguments begin the week of March 25, 2024, and will represent a critical point in Todd and Chrisley’s case. Only about 6% of cases that are submitted for oral arguments get accepted. So this is huge news,” Savannah said. “We get to go and argue why mom and dad should be home. God is good. Thanksgiving win!”
What happened to Todd and Julie Chrisley?
Todd and Julie Chrisley, who portrayed themselves as real estate tycoons in the South on their USA Network shows, were sentenced to 12 and seven years in prison, respectively, after being found guilty on federal charges last year. Todd and Julie were charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States and tax fraud. Julie was also charged with wire fraud and obstruction of justice.
In September, Todd and Julie’s prison sentences were reduced. A records search by ZOBUZ shows Todd’s release date from FPC Pensacola in Florida is currently Dec. 8, 2032, making his sentence more than two years shorter than his original 12 years. Julie’s release from FMC Lexington in Kentucky is set for Sept. 4, 2028, about one year earlier than her original release date.
The couple’s lawyer, Jay Surgent, a white collar criminal defense attorney in New Jersey, told ZOBUZ in September that the Federal Bureau of Prisons decided to reduce Todd and Julie’s sentences because they were convicted of nonviolent offenses and have been “model inmates” since reporting to their respective prisons in January.
Savannah and the rest of her family are reportedly planning a reality TV comeback. She and siblings Chase and Grayson, as well as Todd and Julie’s granddaughter Chloe and Todd’s mother, Faye Chrisley, are slated to star in an unscripted docuseries, according to a press release obtained by Variety and Deadline in August.
The show, produced by Scout Productions, will follow the family as they adjust to life with their parents behind bars. The time was right to share our story and we couldn’t have found better partners in Scout Productions,” Savannah said. “Their ability to balance popular culture and empathy through authentic storytelling is unrivaled and I know they’re going to find the right home for this next chapter of our lives. We’re so happy to be back.
Savannah continued, “I see men and women that are suffering every single day and these families that are suffering. And unfortunately, we live in a world that’s so quick to throw people away because we can always get someone new. I absolutely hate that because these men and women need people to fight for them too. And there is no reason why they should be treated the way that they’re treated and people need to pay more attention to it.”
Amanda Byers is a graduate of Columbia, where she played volleyball and annoyed a lot of professors. Now as Zobuz’s entertainment and Lifestyle Editor, she enjoys writing about delicious BBQ, outrageous style trends and all things Buzz worthy.