Lori Loughlin Gets Bad News From Judge – Suffers Humiliating Defeat In Court
It was reported earlier in the week that they were confidant that the judge would rule in their favor and toss out the charges against them ...
Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli suffered a major setback in court on Friday when a judge refused to dismiss the charges against them for their role in the college admissions scandal.
Fox News reported that U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton rejected Loughlin and Giannulli’s bid to throw out their indictment over allegations of misconduct on the part of the FBI agents investigating the case. The judge also refused their attempt to block prosecutors from presenting certain secretly recorded phone calls at trial.
“The Court is satisfied that government’s counsel has not lied to or attempted to mislead the Court or fabricated evidence,” Gorton stated in his ruling.
Loughlin and Giannulli are set to go to trial in April for 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, who are each facing 45 years in prison if convicted on all charges, have denied any wrongdoing, claiming that they thought the money was a legitimate donation to the school, rather than a bribe.
Today’s ruling is undoubtedly devastating for the couple given the fact that it was reported earlier in the week that they were confidant that the judge would rule in their favor and toss out the charges against them.
“Lori’s lawyers feel they have a very strong chance of having the charges dismissed because prosecutors withheld key evidence that [ringleader] Rick Singer was pressured by the FBI to lie in the course of his conversations with Lori,” a source close to the couple told Us Weekly. “It was entrapment, misleading a defendant so that Rick could get a favorable sentence for his role. Rick was the mastermind in all of this.”
The allegations of misconduct stem from notes written by Rick Singer, the alleged mastermind behind the scheme. He claimed in the notes that FBI agents had directed him to lie about how much Loughlin, Giannulli, and the other parents knew about what the money they were handing over would be used for.
“They continue to ask me to tell a fib and not restate what I told my clients as to where there money was going — to the program not the coach and that it was a donation and they want it to be a payment,” Singer wrote, according to court documents.
Gorton had previously called the notes “serious and disturbing,” and he chastised the prosecution for not handing the notes over sooner. However, Gorton said in his ruling today that while not handing over the notes earlier was “irresponsible and misguided,” it was not “willful.” He added that investigators were trying to get Singer to corroborate, not fabricate, evidence, and that if the defense sees things differently, they will be given “ample opportunity” to cross examine Singer at trial.
“Whether Singer’s calls in October, 2018, were consistent with his prior representations of his ‘program’ and whether they demonstrate that defendants believed their payments to be legitimate donations rather than bribes is an issue squarely for the jury after a trial on the merits,” the judge wrote.