Lori Loughlin Asks Judge to Drop College Admissions Charges

Prosecutors are accused of "extraordinary misconduct"

Lori Loughlin
I don't know, worth a shot right?
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By Kayla Kibbe / March 26, 2020 1:03 pm

You know how we’ve all been using coronavirus as an excuse to get out of the few things that haven’t already actually been canceled due to coronavirus? Like, “Hey mom, sorry I missed your call. Things have just been so weird with … coronavirus?” Well, it turns out Lori Loughlin, of Full House and college admissions scandal fame, had the same idea!

Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are among a group of prominent parents accused of participating in the massive college admissions bribery scam who have urged a judge to dismiss the charges against them, the Associated Press reported. And while, to be clear, the parents didn’t actually appeal to coronavirus woes, the claims do come on the heels of another college admissions scammer’s early prison release due to Covid-19 fears, so if ever there was a time to get out of shit, it’s now.

On Wednesday, defense attorneys for Loughlin and the other parents accused prosecutors of “extraordinary” misconduct, claiming investigators bullied their informant into lying and concealed evidence that would support the parents’ innocence.

“The extraordinary government misconduct presented in this case threatens grave harm to defendants and the integrity of this proceeding. That misconduct cannot be ignored,” the lawyers wrote.

The defense claims prosecutors withheld evidence that would support the parents’ argument that they believed the payments were legitimate donations, not bribes. Meanwhile, admissions scam ringleader Rick Singer claims the FBI forced him to lie to parents in order to get them to say things that could be used against them in recorded phone calls.

“They continue to ask me to tell a fib and not restate what I told my clients as to where there [sic] 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 in the filing, according to AP.

The defense asked the judge to prevent prosecutors from using the “tainted recordings” at trial and order a hearing to “uncover the full truth about the recordings and the government’s efforts to fabricate and conceal evidence,” if not simply throw out the case entirely.

A long shot? Maybe! But seeing as everything else is canceled, including college itself, why not just cancel the college admissions scandal too? Frankly, I can’t say I blame them for trying.

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