Actor Lori Loughlin certainly seems to having no relief anytime soon. The judge of the college admissions scandal that Loughlin is involved in said on Friday that he is disturbed by defense allegations of misconduct in the case, and asked prosecutors for further briefing.
Loughlin’s attorneys have asked the judge to throw out the case, arguing that federal agents had pressured the cooperating witness, admissions consultant Rick Singer, to entrap parents in criminal conduct. The defense has cited Singer’s notes, in which he complained that an agent was asking him to “bend the truth” in recorded calls with his clients.
“The Court considers the allegations in Singer’s October notes to be serious and disturbing,” wrote U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton. “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.”
Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are facing bribery, fraud and money laundering charges, for allegedly paying $500,000 to get their two daughters admitted to USC. They are set to go on trial in October.
The defense has argued that the couple believed they were making a legitimate donation to the school, but that government agents coached Singer not to offer that explanation in the recorded calls.
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