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Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli won’t be ready for trial until next year

Previous reports suggested federal prosecutors wanted the trial to begin in October 2020

Lori Loughlin arrives at the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday Aug. 30, 2009, in Los Angeles.
Lori Loughlin arrives at the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday Aug. 30, 2009, in Los Angeles.
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The defense team for Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli recently said they won’t be ready for trial in the college admissions scandal until 2021, ABC News reports.

What’s going on?

  • Federal prosecutors previously said Loughlin and Giannulli would likely be put on trial in October.
  • Loughlin and Giannulli were slated to face trial with the first group of parents involved in the scandal, as I wrote for the Deseret News.
  • Attorney Sean Berkowtiz said in a response filed Wednesday that the “general complexity” of the trial would make it hard to start the trial until 2021.
  • ABC said: “Loughlin’s lawyers have indicated they will argue that the couple believed their payments were legitimate donations and have accused prosecutors of hiding evidence that would support their claims of innocence while trying to bully them into pleading guilty.”
  • Berkowitz said the trial should begin in February.

Some context

  • Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes so their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose Giannulli, could be crew team recruits for the University of Southern California.
  • Other parents accused in the scandal — including celebrity actress Felicity Huffman, who pleaded guilty in the case and has already served time — have been accused of paying for someone to cheat on college entrance exams among other charges,

What’s next?