- Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes so that their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, could be crew recruits for the University of Southern California. The couple pleaded not guilty to all charges.
- Lately, there’s been news surrounding the federal prosecutors and how they’ve handled the case. Loughlin has long-held the defense that she and her husband didn’t know where the money they sent to William “Rick” Singer, the college scandal mastermind, was actually going.
- Singer wrote notes from when he was being interviewed by the FBI. In those notes, he wrote federal investigators “fabricated evidence to create the false impression that defendants knowingly paid bribes to corrupt insiders, rather than made legitimate donations to help their children’s chances of admission,” according to NBC News.
- According to USA Today, U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton called these allegations “serious and disturbing.”
- Gorton wrote: “The court considers the allegations in Singer’s October notes to be serious and disturbing. While government agents are permitted to coach cooperating witnesses during the course of an investigation, they are not permitted to suborn the commission of a crime.”
What’s the news:
- David Oscar Markus, an attorney for Markus/Moss in Miami, wrote in a piece for The Hill that the case should be dismissed if federal prosecutors withheld evidence until after they failed to encourage her to plead guilty.
- Markus, the criminal defense attorney. wrote for The Hill:
“The Loughlin case — of what appears to me to be prosecutorial misconduct — is not an outlier. Such things happen all the time — because typically, nothing happens to the case itself or to the prosecutors who committed the misconduct.
“If the Loughlin judge wants to deter cheating — and isn’t that the whole point of this prosecution in the first place? — then he will dismiss the case.
“If he simply scolds the prosecutors and allows the case to go forward, as so often happens, then we will continue to see this type of conduct again and again. Enough is enough.”
Loughlin is set to stand trial on Oct. 5.
Published at Fri, 24 Apr 2020 18:00:00 +0000