Lori Loughlin’s legal team came out swinging on Wednesday (Feb. 26,) claiming that the former Fuller House star could in fact be innocent in the ongoing college admissions scandal.
Yet, they may have spoken a little too late.
On Thursday (Feb. 27,) a federal judge in Boston declared that Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli will go on trial beginning October 5. This comes just one day after Loughlin’s lawyer Sean Berkowitz claimed that prosecutors had suppressed evidence that could exonerate the couple. That suppressed evidence includes notes that seem to point to the fact that Loughlin and her husband truly believed that the $500,000 they “handed over to ex-call center manager William Singer and his phony Key Worldwide Foundation were ‘legitimate donations’ for university programs,” according to Deadline, in their effort to get their daughter into USC.
“This is precisely the kind of exculpatory – and indeed, exonerating – information defendants have been seeking,” said the defense’s February 26 filing in federal court in New England.
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As you might recall, the couple pleaded not guilty last April after turning down a deal from the government. Now, Loughlin and Giannulli are facing a maximum of 50 years in jail and would have to pay millions if found guilty.