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Crime Lori Loughlin, other parents in college admissions scandal likely to go to trial in groups

00:40  18 january  2020
00:40  18 january  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

Lori Loughlin, other parents withholding information in college admissions scandal, feds say

  Lori Loughlin, other parents withholding information in college admissions scandal, feds say Prosecutors say parents fighting charges in the nation's college admissions scandal, including Lori Loughlin, have not not turned over any discovery. The government turned over its first batch of 3 million pages of evidence — emails, phone logs, bank records and other documents — to defense attorneys in April and May. "The Defendants believe that it is premature to do so at this time," the new court filing reads. "The Government disagrees with the Defendants’ assertion that it is 'premature' to provide their own discovery.

The trials of Lori Loughlin and other parents who pleaded not guilty in the college admissions scandal will probably take place in 2020. Kelley urged the attorneys to work together so they don't duplicate efforts: “I know it’s very voluminous, but if we’re going to go to trial shortly after that, you

Parents might also be advised to fabricate a family event that could provide a pretense for the student to take the SAT, ACT, or other test at a The Hallmark Channel cut its ties to Lori Loughlin , star of the program Garage Sale Mystery and When Calls the Heart, after she was named as a parent in the

BOSTON – Fifteen parents fighting charges in the national college admissions scandal, including actress Lori Loughlin, will probably be divided into smaller groups for separate trials this year.

Federal Magistrate Judge Page Kelley announced a proposal for "staggered" group trials at a hearing Friday in federal court. She said it's the preference of U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton, who will preside over the parents' trials in the blockbuster "Varsity Blues" case.

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Actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband are pleading not guilty in the college admissions bribery The not guilty plea comes just days after Loughlin and more than a dozen other parents were So that is something that has understandably made her less likely to enter a plea.”

Lori Loughlin et al. posing for the camera: Actress Lori Loughlin exits a courthouse  on April 3 after facing charges for allegedly conspiring to commit mail fraud and other charges in the college admissions scandal. © Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. Actress Lori Loughlin exits a courthouse on April 3 after facing charges for allegedly conspiring to commit mail fraud and other charges in the college admissions scandal.

“I think three groupings, depending on how many parents the government thinks will make it that far, could be a good resolution," Kelley said. The "sorting of defendants" would still be subject to change before trials begin, she said.

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She compared the grouping arrangement to a federal MS-13 gang case in 2018, also tried in Boston, that featured multiple defendants facing racketeering charges.

Trial dates are not set for the parents, but Gorton made clear he wants the case tried this year. It's unclear which defendants would be grouped together. Whether additional parents choose to plead guilty, rather than face trial, could affect the number of groups.

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The Hollywood actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, the designer Mossimo Giannulli, were among those indicted on a count Mr. Thomadakis said that prosecutors are likely to argue that a sentence of some prison time is necessary to dissuade other parents eager to do anything to help their children

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Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, a fashion designer, pleaded not guilty to federal fraud, bribery and money laundering conspiracy charges for allegedly paying $500,000 to the scheme's mastermind, Rick Singer, and a University of Southern California athletic department official to get their two daughters, Isabella Rose and Olivia Jade, tagged as crew recruits to slip them into USC. Neither played the sport.

They are two of 36 parents accused of paying Singer to have their children tagged as fake athletic recruits to get them into elite universities or to have someone fix their college entrance exam scores. Nineteen parents pleaded guilty in deals with prosecutors. That includes four parents in October who caved to prosecutors rather than facing an additional bribery charge.

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  Emails reveal that the children of Loughlin and Giannulli were flagged by their high school counselors who said they knew the two were not on the crew team. The school "doesn't think either of the students are serious crew participants," a USC employee wrote in an email, according to the Times. Criminal defense attorney and legal analyst Alexandra Kazarian said the release of these exchanges complicates the case."The question is, is the government presenting this as a conspiracy where everyone was in on this together in order to defraud someone else," she said.

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Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannuli, are among the parents affected in the third The new conspiracy charge is only against parents , like Loughlin and Giannuli, who pleaded not guilty The longer the case goes , let's say she goes through to trial , if it is after trial , certainly, we would ask

An additional parent, Xiaoning Sui, a Chinese national from Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, is in custody in Spain and has not been arraigned in the USA.

At Friday's hearing, Kelley approved dates for pretrial motion filings, which will stretch through the spring, and set the next status conference hearing for May 5.

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For weeks, attorneys for accused parents and federal prosecutors have fought over discovery evidence in pretrial filings.

Prosecutors said defense attorneys have not turned over evidence known as discovery. . Parents' attorneys said they're waiting for the government to hand over all exculpatory evidence, pointing specifically to FBI interviews that the government has not disclosed. Kelley did not take up the matter, which won't be addressed until next month.

Attorneys for Loughlin and Giannulli did not speak at the hearing. None of the defendants was present.

Defense attorney Martin Weinberg, who represents parents David Sidoo and Robert Zangrillo, asked the judge to require that prosecutors provide an exhibit list of the discovery evidence turned over in the case.

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  New evidence against Lori Loughlin and husband revealed in government motion New details have emerged about the alleged involvement of actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli in the college admissions scandal. © Boston Globe/Boston Globe/Boston Globe via Getty Images Lori Loughlin, in tan at center, leaves as her husband Mossimo Giannulli, in green tie at right, follows behind her outside the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston on April 3, 2019.

college admissions scandal , in which prosecutors say close to three dozen parents conspired Which elements of the admissions scandal were more egregious than others , and what factors the case, while nineteen, including the actress Lori Loughlin , have pleaded not guilty and may go to trial .

Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are going to trial over their roles in the college admissions scandal . According to the AP, several other of the indicted parents have also entered not guilty pleas. Loughlin and Giannulli face up to 40 years in prison each, but federal sentencing

Weinberg said the high volume of email, phone logs and other documents turned over the case is "almost unquantifiable," making it "impossible" to thoroughly comb through.

“We simply need to know what the government is choosing (from this discovery) so we can target our defense better," Weinberg said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Rosen said the government would be willing to oblige the request but not within 90 to 120 days of the trial as proposed by Weinberg. "We're open to a resolution," Rosen said.

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Fifty-three people people overall — parents, college coaches and Singer associates — are charged in the admissions case. Thirty have either pleaded guilty or agreed to plead guilty later while the remaining 23 prepare for trial.

A separate hearing took place Friday for former coaches and other Singer associates who have pleaded not guilty to charges.

Similar to the parents' lawyers, attorney Nina Marino, who is representing Donna Heinel, former senior associate athletic director at the University of Southern California, said more time is needed to review the mountain of discovery evidence.

Marino said her staff had only reviewed 77,277 documents of the more than 1.5 million pages of emails, 500,000 other documents, 4,000 intercepted calls and text messages and 2,000 legal documents.

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This afternoon, Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, along with 13 other parents involved in the largest university admissions scandal in history, will appear in federal court in Boston. If parents like Loughlin and Huffman are found guilty of mail fraud or honest services mail fraud during the trial

Lori Loughlin To Fight New College Bribery Scheme Charges; Facing 50 Years In Prison, Trial Set For 2020 – Update. UPDATE, 8:39 AM: As more and more parents in the sprawling college admissions scandal are Likely to go to trial in federal court in Boston in the spring of next year

“This case, your honor, is very, very much still in a discovery phase," she said.

Thirteen parents, including actress Felicity Huffman, as well as one coach have been sentenced for their crimes. Only one parent avoided prison. Huffman served 11 days of a two-week prison sentence in October after she completed her time early.

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