Lori Loughlin Gets Amazing News From Judge as She Scores Huge Court Victory
Though the judge did not dismiss the case, his note makes it clear that prosecutors are not off the hook ...
Lori Loughlin of “Fuller House” fame got some amazing news from the judge handling her case related to the college admissions scandal this week when he agreed that her claims against prosecutors were “troubling” and “disturbing.”
Fox News reported lawyers representing Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli had argued that the entire case against them should be thrown out after notes surfaced written by Rick Singer, the mastermind behind the scandal. In these notes, Singer claimed that he was told by FBI to lie and falsely implicate parents like Loughlin and Giannulli by alleging that they knew more than they did about what he was doing.
While Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton would not dismiss the case, saying the allegations do not merit the “drastic sanction” of throwing the case out, he still called on prosecutors to address them.
“In their motion to dismiss the indictment (Docket No. 971), defendants contend that the government’s failure 1) to disclose contemporaneous notes taken by Rick Singer and 2) to investigate his assertions of investigatorial misconduct in those notes warrant the extraordinary remedy of dismissal of the indictment,” Gorton wrote in a letter. “The government rejoins that although counsel should have produced Singer’s notes earlier, that mistake was neither willful nor prejudicial and does not merit any such drastic sanction.”
Loughlin and Giannulli are each facing 45 years in prison for a variety of charges related to them allegedly paying $500,000 in bribe money to have their two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as members of the crew team, even though neither girl had ever rowed before. The couple has denied any guilt in the case, claiming that they thought the money they were giving Singer was being used as a legitimate donation to the school, rather than as bribe money to officials.
Though the judge did not dismiss the case, his note makes it clear that prosecutors are not off the hook for Singer’s notes.
“The Court considered 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,” he wrote. “The government is therefore directed to respond specifically in its sur-reply to the allegations of investigatorial misconduct on October 2, 2018.”