Federal prosecutors in Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli’s court case denied the claim that the FBI entrapped them after failing to turn over new evidence.

  • In court documents, attorneys for Loughlin and Giannulli said the entire case should be tossed because notes from the college scandal’s mastermind, William “Rick” Singer, reportedly revealed that FBI agents pushed him to lie about Loughlin and Giannulli’s involvement.
  • But in a new court filing, the prosecution denied it acted poorly and unveiled new reasons why Loughlin and Giannulli should be charged in the case.

What happened:

  • Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes so that their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose Giannulli, could be crew recruits for the University of Southern California. The couple has pleaded not guilty.
  • In January, Loughlin and Giannulli’s defense team said the prosecution was withholding evidence that could help the defense prove that the celebrity couple didn’t know they were giving Singer a bribe.
  • The prosecution agreed the evidence should have been turned over sooner. But that doesn’t mean the prosecution acted poorly.
  • Per Variety, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven E. Frank wrote in the new filing: “In a sprawling, fast-moving prosecution, the failure to produce the notes earlier was simply a mistake. The defendants have suffered no prejudice, and their suggestion that the notes somehow ‘exonerate’ them, or reveal that the evidence against them was fabricated, is demonstrably false.”
  • The prosecution argues that Singer did know a crime took place, no matter how you look at it, according to Fox News.
  • Frank wrote: “Just because neither Singer nor the defendants actually used the word ‘bribe’ to describe the purported donations doesn’t mean that they were legitimate. They were bribes, regardless of what Singer and the defendants called them, because, as the defendants knew, the corrupt insiders were soliciting the money in exchange for recruiting unqualified students, in violation of their duty of honest services to their employer.”

What’s next:

Loughlin will have a status conference on May 2 and another on July 28. Her trail is set for Oct. 5.