Lori Loughlin opposes the pressure to hire new lawyers in the university case on entrance exams, even though her legal team represents the same university where she is accused of paying a bribe, DailyMail.com can reveal.
Latham and Watkins LLP admit it works for the University of Southern California, but say it is involved in a non-related real estate conflict, according to the latest requests from the Federal Court.
The company has warned Loughlin, 54, and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, 56. It may have to be re-used in case it is necessary to question university officials or bring USC to court.
But the couple have sought additional advice to take over the reins when that happens and have signed waivers confirming that they are holding on to Latham and Watkins despite prosecutors warning of a conflict of interest.
Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli resist the pressure to hire a new legal team in the scandal of the entrance exams, DailyMail.com can reveal
Parents are accused of paying $ 500K to USC to name her daughters Olivia Jade (left) and Isabella (right) as recruits for the USC crew team to help them gain access
& # 39; The government is wrong to suggest that there is a conflict & # 39 ;, the couple's indictment states.
& # 39; The sixth amendment gives Giannulli and Loughlin the right to the council of their choice, and that fundamental constitutional right cannot be lifted except in extraordinary circumstances. & # 39;
Fashion conductor Giannulli has been using LA-based Latham & Watkins for more than two decades for business transactions and intellectual property, the newspapers add.
Founded in 1934, it is the world's # 2 best-selling law firm and the most prestigious in the US.
The deposits state that Latham & Watkins have a & # 39; conflict check & # 39; when Giannulli and Loughlin contacted them in March after being accused of paying $ 500,000 to get daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella in USC.
It revealed that the company already represented the university in a real estate case with the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, but said that it had nothing to do with the admission scandal.
The Fuller House star retained Latham and Watkins LLP to represent her and her husband – the same firm that represents the University of Southern California
Since then & # 39; robust screening and separation measures & # 39; introduced, including blocking employees on both sides of the & # 39; wall & # 39; from discussing or sharing information.
& # 39; Latham has taken appropriate measures to shield its work for Giannulli and Loughlin from its work for USC, and it will reuse itself from any part of this case that requires direct adversity with USC – including any cross-examination of USC witnesses or participation in any refund procedure that could arise in the event that one of Latham's customers is found guilty, "adds the submission.
The new notifications come weeks after prosecutors have requested a hearing to complain about law firms that represent several defendants in the admission scandal, creating a potential conflict.
They warned that Loughlin and Giannulli would face different legal proceedings, as newspaper articles show: & # 39; USC may have civil disputes in the future with one or both in the future. & # 39;
& # 39; Giannulli and Loughlin agree that this Court should schedule a hearing & # 39 ;, according to the couple's riposte. & # 39; So that Giannulli and Loughlin can give the Court their informed consent for their advice. & # 39;
Fuller House star Loughlin (with daughters Olivia Jade, left and Isabella, exactly in February) plans to fight the fraud conspiracy and money laundering charges, each of which has a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison
Loughlin, Giannulli and Desperate Housewives actor Felicity Huffman (photo) are among the 50 people who were charged in March with participation in a comprehensive plan in which rich parents conspired with William & # 39; Rick & # 39; Singer to use bribery and other forms of fraud to secure the admission of their children to top universities
Fuller House star Loughlin plans to fight fraud and money laundering, each with a maximum of 20 years in prison.
Lawyers representing the various defendants in the scandal are expected to claim that the sums of money paid at different universities are charitable donations rather than bribes.
Loughlin, Giannulli and Desperate Housewives actor Felicity Huffman are among the 50 people who were charged in March with participation in a comprehensive plan in which rich parents conspired with William & # 39; Rick & # 39; Singer to use bribery and other forms of fraud to ensure the admission of their children to top universities.
Huffman pleaded guilty, unlike Loughlin and others. A total of 13 of the 33 parents who have been charged have entered into plea agreements with federal prosecutors.
Prosecutors claim that Loughlin and Giannulli have agreed with Singer to pay $ 500,000 to have their two daughters named as recruits for the USC crew team, although they have not competed to help them gain access.
Loughlin and Giannulli provided Singer photos of their daughters to create fake athletic profiles for them, which a USC athletics officer in exchange for bribes then used to recruit them, prosecutors said.
Huffman and the 12 others will be sentenced later this year.
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