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.
- 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,