Lori Loughlin’s legal team says the new evidence they’ve uncovered is a “game-changer” for their client and proves that she’s innocent of the charges of “bribery.”
Lawyers for Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli say new evidence proves their client did not know her college admissions payments were a “bribe.”
Newly uncovered notes show the college scam “mastermind” Rick Singer, wrote that the FBI asked him to “lie” and say that payments made by Loughlin were done so as “bribes,” and not donations made as a “fundraising gift” as Loughlin and her husband have claimed.
Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying half a million dollars to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as “rowing recruits” even though neither was a rower.
Authorities say the money was funneled through a fake charity operated by college admissions consultant and “mastermind” Rick Singer.
Mr. Singer has pled guilty to the charges.
Now, lawyers for the “Full House” star are accusing prosecutors of “hiding” crucial evidence that could prove the couple’s innocence on the bribery charge.
The new information provided to the defense includes notes written by Singer detailing his discussions 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, instead of legitimate donations to the schools, the attorney said.
‘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 the filing.
Berkowtiz called the information not only ‘exculpatory, but exonerating for the defendants the government has charged with bribery.’
Federal prosecutors have said the first trial for the parents should begin in October, and that Loughlin and Giannulli should be tried in the first group.
But lawyers for the parents said the substantial amount of evidence, outstanding pretrial motions and ‘general complexity’ of the case made a trial this fall impossible and that there should be no trial before next February. [Daily Mail]
Of course, this new evidence does nothing to change the fact that her daughters were not rowers and that they lied on entrance exams and resumes.
However, the lawyers may push to have the case thrown out due to the fact that prosecutors did not share the notes and that Singer claims he was told to lie by the FBI.
On a side note, I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t trust the FBI as far as I could throw them.
Loughlin’s attorney Seam Berkowitz wrote: “This belated discovery … is devastating to the government’s case and demonstrates that the government has been improperly withholding core exculpatory information, employing a ‘win at all costs’ effort rather than following their obligation to do justice.”
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