Lori Loughlin Files Motion to Dismiss Her Case
Even though new headlines are pushing the college admissions scandal out of the spotlight, Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are still waiting for their time in court. According to People, that might not happen, because the couple's legal team is working to have the entire case dismissed.
Loughlin's attorneys claim that because the FBI instructed Rick Singer, the man behind the scandal, to lie to parents about where their money was going, the case should not move forward.
A memo filed by the lawyers states that "the Government belatedly disclosed Singer's contemporaneous written notes revealing that those recordings were a sham carefully engineered by government agents in an effort to 'entrap' Defendants and 'nail' them 'at all costs.'"
Because of the circumstances, the legal team says that there's enough misconduct from the government investigation to dismiss the case.
"The Government’s extraordinary misconduct warrants extraordinary relief. The facts known so far justify dismissal of the indictment,” the memo continues. "At a minimum, the Court should order suppression of the tainted recordings."
The team also cites the fact that Singer told the investigators and other defendants that the payments were not bribes, going as far as saying that he was "deliberately misleading" Loughlin and Giannulli.
"Suppression is essential because the recordings are highly inflammatory, prejudicial, and deliberately misleading — especially in light of Singer’s other statements to Defendants and the Government that the payments were not bribes," the memo reads. "The Court should also order an evidentiary hearing to uncover the full truth about the recordings and the Government’s efforts to fabricate and conceal evidence. These measures are essential to preserve the integrity of this proceeding and to deter future prosecutorial misconduct."
The move comes after February's request to have the trial postponed, citing the FBI's attempts to hide evidence. In that motion, the team stated that "Singer's notes indicate that FBI agents yelled at him and instructed him to lie by saying that he told his clients who participated in the alleged 'side door' scheme that their payments were bribes, rather than legitimate donations that went to the schools."