Good, good, good, good, good. Just when you thought the college admissions scandal had given its last laugh, there’s more. Earlier this week? Heiress of Hot Pockets. Now? Potentially exculpatory evidence for the biggest name in the game, Full house actor Lori Loughlin (and husband and former designer of Target Mossimo Giannulli). What a surprise for a scandal with a title of dry biscuit that needs salt. College admissions scandal? Blech. Entrance gate? Flu epidemic at university level? It’s too late now.
But it is not too late for a Hail Mary. Court documents filed Wednesday tell the story of a pursuit match, in which the federal government ostensibly tells the mastermind of the scheme, Singer William “Rick”, lie to the court about how he characterized his plan to bring Loughlin and Giannulli’s daughters to the University of Southern California through the parents’ athletics department. (Both pleaded not guilty to the counts of conspiracy to commit electronic fraud and postal fraud for honest services, conspiracy to bribe and conspiracy to commit a crime. money laundering).
Where did this update come from? My man reportedly kept a journal in his iPhone notes, according to CNN. The legal team cites the application of Singer’s notes from October 2018 after making the federal agents plea deal: “Loud and abrasive appeal with agents. They keep asking me to tell a lie and not repeat what I told my clients about where their money is going – to the program and not to the coach and that it was a donation and they want it to be a payment.
As part of the Fed undercover operation described in the criminal complaint published almost a year ago in March, Singer called customers in October 2018. Authorities then asked him to warn them of a falsified IRS audit. He told the parents or parent that he would tell the IRS that their payment was a charitable donation rather than a bribe – a dramatic sleight of hand to confirm that these parents knew the scam was in fact a scam. They also filed documents in which it appears Giannulli refused to explore a “legitimate” route to USC for his daughter.
But lawyers for Loughlin and Giannulli, who have argued since the summer that the couple believed they were using legitimate means to get their children into college, have filed their own documents. They allege that federal authorities withheld iPhone notes that would help their case until one day before a trial date was set. “This belated discovery, which should have been produced no later than 30 days after the indictment, is devastating for the government’s case and demonstrates that the government has improperly withheld basic exculpatory information, employing a win-win effort. price ”rather than following their obligation to do justice.
The couple’s legal team has filed a motion to postpone setting a trial date because, as they write, “the government is trying to benefit from withholding information in violation of its obligations and the constitutional rights of defendants, but then forces the trial as quickly as he wants. can.”
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