Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are demanding that prosecutors fork over their evidence before the case against them moves forward, The Blast reports. The pair have pleaded not guilty to allegations that they conspired with coaches and admissions counselors to falsify records and get their daughters Olivia Jade and Bella into USC. They also allegedly shelled out $500K, prosecutors say.
Loughlin and Giannulli have also asked to suspend by the government until the scheduled hearing June 3rd.
They were among 50 people charged on March 12th by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts. The most other high-profile figure in the case, Felicity Huffman, pleaded guilty and apologized profusely. Huffman is reportedly facing less prison time; about a year compared with Loughlin’s reported 20-40 for the degree of crimes committed.
In a filing, they state they “would like an opportunity to review discovery in a meaningful way before the filing of substantive motions in this case. Litigating substantive motions in a piecemeal fashion and before Defendants have an opportunity to become familiar with the government’s evidence could substantially prejudice the Defendants’ ability to make proper legal arguments to contest the allegations.”
According to a report in People, Loughlin is concerned that her children are also being targeted by prosecutors.
“Lori will not do anything to put her daughters in harm’s way,” the source tells People. “She is like a mama bear when it comes to the girls, and she will do whatever she has to do to protect them from prosecution, especially malicious prosecution. Her top priority in all of this is to protect her daughters.”
“The prosecution could easily charge the daughters in an attempt to get them Loughlin and Giannulli to plead guilty,” the source says. “But investigators have not disclosed any information that they may or may not have that would implicate either one of the daughters.”
Source: Pulse of Radio