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Lori Loughlin Asks Judge to Dismiss Charges in College Admissions Scandal

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Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli (JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 26 March 2020 11:37 AM

Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, as well as several other prominent parents, have asked that a judge drop all charges against them in the college admissions scandal.

Their reasoning is that investigators intimidated Rick Singer, the alleged mastermind of the scam, into lying about what he told the embattled parents, according to Fox News. The evidence that he was intimidated was then "buried."

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

The celebrity couple stands accused of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California. They have maintained their innocence and have argued that the concealed evidence would further prove that they were not aware that their donations were being used as bribes.

Notes obtained from a phone belonging to Singer was handed to the defense last month. In the notes, Singer recalls being bullied by FBI agents, who insisted he keep to the story that the parents knew their payments were bribes.

"They continue to ask me to tell a fib and not restate what I told my clients as to where their 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, according to the filing.

The defense argued that the evidence shows Singer was coerced into tricking parents to agree that their payments were bribes.

"For government agents to coerce an informant into lying on recorded calls to generate false inculpatory evidence against investigative targets — and to then knowingly prosecute those targets using that false evidence — is governmental malfeasance of the worst kind," the lawyers wrote.

Prosecutors first obtained the notes in October 2018 but did not hand them over to the defense, instead insisting that everything that needed to be handed over had been provided. The defense further stated that investigators turned a blind eye while Singer deleted texts from his phone.

"While withholding the notes and many other examples of material exculpatory information, the government attempted to coerce defendants into pleading guilty by threatening that if they did not, they would face additional charges," the lawyers wrote.

The defense urged the judge to dismiss the case but if he fails to do that, he should order a hearing to "uncover the full truth about the recordings and the government's efforts to fabricate and conceal evidence."

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