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Lori Loughlin’s Attorney Files Motion To Dismiss Charges In College Admission Scandal

14 defendants involved in the recent college admissions scandal, including Full House actress Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli, recently filed a collection of official motions to dismiss the charges made against them in the fall. The attorneys for all of the defendants sent a memo to the Massachusetts federal court, arguing that the charges should be dismissed because “the venue was chosen to accommodate the government’s venue preferences.”

The motion continued on to state that “the alleged scheme involves moving defendants, residing outside of Massachusetts, conspired outside of Massachusetts, with an individual from outside of Massachusetts to obtain admission to universities outside of Massachusetts. For Moving Defendants, the purported crimes have no connection to Massachusetts which could establish a venue.” 

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Venue in the federal court system is the location in which a criminal case is heard, obviously. The venue is always decided based on several specific factors; where the plaintiff or defendant lives/conducts business, and where the crime took place being the main two. In another motion, Loughlin’s attorney specifically stated that her and her husband shouldn’t be charged with “honest services fraud” because at the time in which the scandal took place, Loughlin and Giannulli claim they didn’t purposefully participate in a quid pro quo with the University of Southern California. Instead, the couple thought they were just making a donation to the school, and had no knowledge that their money would be used to benefit administrators. 

Rick Singer was the mastermind behind the entire operation, in the memo to the Massachusetts federal court, it’s stated that Singer’s phone records prove that the government  “coerced Singer to lie when making his scripted, recorded calls to his clients long after their children had been admitted.” 

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The memo also claimed that government officials told Singer specifically not to talk about the calls in which he told Loughlin, and his other clients, that the money would be used as donations going towards the school and university programs, not towards bribing the school’s coaches/administration. 

The defense is arguing mainly that the government mishandled the evidence involved in this case and used Singer as a prop to coerce more charges to be brought out from his continued communication with his clients. Another motion argues a lot of the evidence that the government did obtain during that time is invalid because they misled the courts in the initial trials to get it. 

All 14 defendants are being charged with money laundering, so their attorney’s other main argument is that the charge doesn’t match the crime, as money laundering would mean that the parents knowingly wrote out checks to Singer’s foundation. Part of that argument is also calling for the defendants “conspiracy to defraud testing companies of property and honest services” charge should be dropped for the same reason; the specifics of the charge don’t match up with the crime itself. 

Should the charges not be dropped, most of the defendants will likely move to make another motion that would separate them from their group indictment charge. They would base that motion off the idea that all 14 defendants have different cases with different specifics as well. As of right now, however, due to coronavirus concerns, the trial is likely not to actually start until October of this year.

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Lori Loughlin, along with eleven other parents, are now facing a new charge of “conspiracy to commit program bribery” after pleading not guilty to their original charges. Loughlin could potentially face up to 45 years in prison if indicted on all charges.