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Report: Lori Loughlin could face ‘much more time’ because of Felicity Huffman verdict

USA Today spoke with an expert about what Felicity Huffman’s sentencing means for Lori Loughlin

This combination photo shows actress Lori Loughlin in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2018, left, and actress Felicity Huffman at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 17, 2018. Loughlin and Huffman are among 33 parents indicted in a sweeping college
This combination photo shows actress Lori Loughlin in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2018, left, and actress Felicity Huffman at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 17, 2018. Loughlin and Huffman are among 33 parents indicted in a sweeping college
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Lori Loughlin may be in for some more jail time because of Felicity Huffman’s sentencing last week.

On Friday, Sept. 13, Felicity Huffman was sentenced to two weeks in prison following her guilty plea to fraud charges in the college admissions scandal.

Vinnie Politan, the lead anchor for Court TV, told USA Today that the sentencing could have a negative impact on Loughlin.

“Felicity Huffman’s sentence means Lori Loughlin is facing much more time if she gets convicted,” Politan told USA Today. “The two questions in her case are whether a jury will believe USC is really a ‘victim’ in the case, and whether they will believe the government’s star witness, who was the ringleader of the whole scam (and has also pleaded guilty).”

Similarly, David P. Shapiro, a San Diego criminal defense lawyer, said the Huffman ruling could affect Loughlin’s entire strategy.

“What the Huffman sentence does is confirm Lori Loughlin’s fears about being sentenced to custody if convicted of anything,” he told USA Today.

While Huffman pleaded guilty to fraud charges, Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, went the other route — pleading not guilty. The couple were accused of paying $500,000 in bribes so that their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, would be crew team recruits for the University of Southern California.

In the immediate aftermath of Huffman’s ruling, social media speculated on what would happen to Loughlin. Several people suggested Loughlin would receive a tougher sentence since she pleaded not guilty.