Lori Loughlin says new evidence PROOF that she did not know college admission was briber after mastermind Rick Singer said the FBI had told him to lie about what parents knew
- A lawyer for Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli filed the file on the eve of a status hearing in the case scheduled for Thursday in Boston
- Few say Singer notes support their claim that they believed that their payments were legitimate donations as a gift for fundraising, not a bribe
- Lawyers for Loughlin have accused prosecutors of hiding crucial evidence that the couple’s innocence could prove because it would undermine their case
- The couple’s lawyers are now asking the court to postpone the setting of the trial date
- Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $ 500,000 to get their daughters to USC while the crew recruits even though neither of them were rowers
- Singer said in his notes that the FBI told him to lie by saying that he told the parents who had participated in the scheme that their payments were bribes
Lawyers for Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli said Wednesday that new evidence proves that she did not know her admission to college was bribery.
The couple say that notes written by mastermind Rick Singer support their claim that they believed they were making legitimate donations as a fundraising gift.
Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $ 500,000 to get their daughters to the University of Southern California while the crew is recruiting, although neither were rowers.
Authorities say the money was channeled through a sham lighting organization operated by university admission consultant Singer, who was guilty of orchestrating the scheme.
With lawyers from Full House actress Loughlin and her fashion designer, Giannulli has accused prosecutors of hiding crucial evidence that the couple’s innocence could prove because it would undermine their case.
Their submission took place on the eve of a status session in the case that was scheduled for Thursday at the federal court of Boston in the major bribery case of the college.
It was expected that the judge would set a trial date for the parents who are still suing at that hearing.
Lawyers for Lori Loughlin, front, and her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, said Wednesday that new evidence shows that the couple is innocent of allegations that they have bribed their daughters at the University of Southern California
“This late discovery … is devastating for the government’s cause and shows that the government has wrongly withheld core information and made an effort to” win at all costs “rather than the obligation,” wrote lawyer Sean Berkowtiz.
The couple’s lawyers ask the judge to postpone the date of the execution in the light of the new evidence and say “it is the only fair way to protect the rights of the defendants.”
Loughlin and Giannulli lawyers argued that the couple believed the payments were “legitimate donations” that would go directly to USC as a fundraising gift or to support Singer’s charity.
The new information provided to the defense includes notes written by Singer about his conversations with FBI investigators about recorded phone calls he had with parents, Berkowitz wrote.
Singer said in his notes that the FBI told him to lie by saying that he told the parents who participated in the scheme that their payments were bribes rather than legitimate donations to the schools, the lawyer said.
“They keep asking me to tell something and not repeat what I have told my clients about where money went – to the program, not to the coach and that it was a donation and they want it to be a payment,” Singer wrote, according to the submission.
Berkowtiz not only called the information “defecating, but exempting from the defendants the government has charged for bribery.”
The couple is one of the 15 prominent parents who are still fighting allegations that they have rigged the university admission system by paying people to pretend that their children were star athletes for sports they didn’t play or cheat in their children’s entrance exams .
Almost two dozen parents have pleaded guilty, including “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman, who was sentenced to two weeks in prison for paying $ 15,000 to have a proctor correct her daughter’s correct SAT responses.
Federal prosecutors have said that the first trial for the parents should start in October, and that Loughlin and Giannulli should be tried in the first group.
But lawyers for the parents said that the substantial amount of evidence, excellent pretrial motions and “general complexity” of the case made a trial impossible this fall and that there should be no trial before February next year.