A legal expert suggests Lori Loughlin faces a tough road ahead in the college admissions scandal.
But U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton’s decision to reject Loughlin’s bid to toss the indictment — which was based on allegations that federal prosecutors acted with misconduct — is a setback for the team, Megerditchian told Fox News.
“There is no doubt that this is a major setback for her,” Megerditchian said. “It sure looked like the prosecution had made some major mistakes in prosecuting Lori and the others — but the judge just did not think it was enough to dismiss the charges. Now, Lori must prepare for the next stage — preparation for the trial of her life.”
Megerditchian told Fox News that the judge didn’t see enough evidence of wrongdoing by the federal prosecutors to toss the charges.
She said the judge must feel that Loughlin and parents involved in the scandal performed more wrongdoing than the federal prosecutors.
She said, “The message is clear — that even though the judge acknowledged the prosecution did some wrong tactics, by pressuring (William) Rick Singer to bend the truth and not turning over notes in a timely fashion, the conduct is not enough to dismiss the charges.”
Gorton said Friday that the college admissions scandal and the indictments won’t be dropped after he reviewed information from the government and the defendants.
The 11-page court order read, “The defendants’ motion to dismiss the indictment or in the alternative to suppress evidence and order an evidentiary hearing is denied.”
Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli wanted the charges dropped because the scandal’s mastermind William “Rick” Singer, who reportedly took notes that said the FBI wanted him to lie about the case.
According to NBC News, Singer’s notes suggested federal investigators “fabricated evidence to create the false impression that defendants knowingly paid bribes to corrupt insiders, rather than made legitimate donations to help their children’s chances of admission.”
Loughlin and Giannulli, are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes so their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, would be crew team recruits for the University of Southern California. The couple has pleaded not guilty to all charges.