Lori Loughlin Could Catch a Break as Judge Orders More Information on Government Misconduct
There's a glimmer of good news for Lori Loughlin, who's waiting for a day in court for her involvement in the college admissions scandal. According to Deadline, the judge in the case is demanding more information from federal prosecutors after claims of misconduct surrounding Rick Singer were submitted by Loughlin's legal team. At the end of March, the FBI was accused of instructing Singer to knowingly lead Loughlin into illegal activity. After that accusation surfaced, Loughlin's team filed a motion to have her case dismissed.
"The Court considers the allegations in Singer’s October notes to be serious and disturbing," Boston-based Judge Nathaniel Gorton said in a memorandum today. "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."
Deadline explains that the FBI's case relies heavily on Singer. Gorton's memo requests more information from the bureau, saying that it instructed Singer to have Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, commit crimes. Gorton emphasizes that there is a clear difference between "coaching" and "suborning." He demanded more details from the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts.
Loughlin and Giannulli are standing by statements saying that they believed all of the money they spent, nearly $500,000, were "legitimate donations." Prosecutors are insisting that they were bribes.
"The defendants' brief, despite its comprehensive catalogue of alleged government misconduct, tries to sanitize their actions by ignoring any mention of the larger fraud scheme within which the alleged bribery occurred," read a statement issued by U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling declared after Loughlin's motion to dismiss. "Their claims, and the evidence in this case, must be viewed in the context of the actual indictment, not the imaginary one they would prefer to fight."