Lori Loughlin continues her legal fight in the Operation Varsity Blues college admissions scandal, and this time her legal team has filed documents with the US District Court for Massachusetts claiming prosecutors in the case or concealing evidence that could prevent the actress and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, from having a fair trial.
According to People Magazine, Loughlin and Giannulli’s lawyer Sean Berkowitz on Friday filed documents that the prosecution would withhold evidence they deem “irrelevant and unimportant”, but Loughlin and Giannulli believe it would strengthen their case .
Lawyers for actress Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli say U.S. government is hiding evidence that would benefit the couple’s defense in college admissions scandal https://t.co/w0znuYHwBK
– CNN (@CNN) December 16, 2019
The evidence is statements that William “Rick” Singer – the scandal admissions consultant – made during his interview with the FBI who, according to Loughlin and Giannulli, show that they had no idea that the donations they made would be used as bribes to get their daughters to the University of Southern California.
“But the government appears to be hiding evidence for the defense that the two defendants believed that any payments they made would go to the USC itself – for legitimate purposes approved by the university – or to others legitimate charitable causes, “said the request. “The government’s failure to disclose this information is unacceptable and this Court should end it.”
Loughlin and Giannulli face charges of conspiracy laundering, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, mail fraud and honest service and conspiracy to commit program bribes after allegedly paying Singer and his non-profit organization Key Worldwide Foundation $ 500,000 to designate their daughters Olivia Jade, 20, and Isabella Rose, 21, as crew recruits, even though none were involved in sport.
Loughlin and Giannulli have both pleaded not guilty, and they note in their files that their legal team will present evidence showing that the couple believed that the Key Worldwide Foundation was a charity that helped disadvantaged children.
An insider says that the former Fuller House has become “extremely well versed in the matter” and that she actively participates in her own defense. The source says Lori Loughlin believes she has a “valid defense” and that a jury will not find her or her husband guilty.
Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli are scheduled to appear in court on January 17, 2020. If the couple is found guilty of all charges during his trial, he faces up to 60 years in prison.