What happened: Loughlin and Giannulli filed a new claim in court documents that said the case “urgently needed” the judge to get involved in the case, according to NBC News.
Context: Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of mail fraud, bribery and more crimes. The couple allegedly paid $500,000 so their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose Giannulli, could be crew team recruits for the University of Southern California.
What it says: The motion “claims that prosecutors have refused to turn over exculpatory evidence that appears to show that Loughlin and Giannulli believed their payments to Singer and USC’s athletics department would be used for legitimate purposes,” NBC News reports.
- The motion reads (via People magazine): “The government appears to be concealing exculpatory evidence that helps show that both defendants believed all of the payments they made would go to USC itself — for legitimate, university approved purposes — or to other legitimate charitable causes.”
- “As noted, in making their case to the jury, Giannulli and Loughlin intend to present evidence that they reasonably believed KWF was a bona fide charitable organization, and that their payments to KWF would support programs geared toward helping underprivileged children.”