A judge has dismissed a motion from Lori Loughlin that would have seen her college admission case dismissed. Lori is accused of paying $500,000 to the University of Southern California in a bid to influence the school to admit her two daughters.
A motion seeking to dismiss the college admission scandal against actress Lori Loughlin, her husband, and 12 others have been denied by a federal judge. The actress is accused of paying $500,000 in a bid to get their daughters admitted to the University of Southern California.
Lori Loughlin defense arguments
Lori’s legal defense argued that the case was mishandled by the government after failing to turn the evidence to the defendants in a timely manner. The iPhone notes from Rick Singer, who was the mastermind behind the entire scandal were not submitted in time according to defendants.
Judge Nathaniel Gorton ruled that based on the evidence presented before him, there was no indication that the government had lied or misled the court. The judge also noted that the evidence had been submitted eight months before trials. Gorton also added that the allegations about Singer being aggressive in selling the idea to the accused could be examined further during the trial but was not a basis for dismissal of the case.
Federal judge’s take on the case
Groton wrote that whether Singer’s calls in October urging the clients to pay money to his program and if the defendants believed they were making donations instead of bribes will be determined by the jury after a trial on merits.
Gorton also noted that at no point did the government direct Singer to lie, elicit false admission of guilt or entrap the suspects. The failure of the government to not turn the evidence on time was irresponsible and misguided according to Gorton. However, he added that there was no indication that it was done out of malice.
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