Entertainment Lori Loughlin Might Face 2 to 3 Years in Prison if Found Guilty in College Admissions Case: Expert
Lori Loughlin says she's not guilty of new charges in college admissions case
Lori Loughlin pleaded not guilty to new charges in the Varsity Blues college admission case.In October, federal prosecutors slapped on another charge, known as federal programs bribery, against Loughlin for her role in the nationwide scandal dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues." She was already charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
Ever since defendants began receiving their sentences in the, the question las loomed: what will be the eventual fates of Full House actress and her husband ?
In newly released court transcripts obtained by, the judge in the case has been harshly critical of many defendants, telling one of them that he must “pay a substantial and conspicuous price for such unconscionable conduct.”
The defendant, 56-year-old real estate executive Toby MacFarlane, was sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. His case was strikingly similar to Loughlin and Giannulli’s: He lied about his children’s athletic backgrounds to get them into the University of Southern California — and paid $450,000 in bribes.
Lori Loughlin Knows a Trial Would Make Things Worse for Her Daughters
Lori Loughlin Knows a Trial Would Make Things Worse for Her DaughtersBecause the Fuller House alum, 55, backed out of a plea deal in the nationwide college admissions case, her girls will likely be called to testify in court. And as a result, the former University of Southern California students are not happy with the circumstances.
Loughlin and Giannulli have been accused of doing nearly the same thing. They allegedly paid $500,000 to admissions consultant William Singer to falsely designate daughters, 20, and , 21, as recruits to the USC crew team, though neither actually .
“These cases are very similar,” says GMA legal analyst Dan Abrams. “It’s almost the same amount of money. It’s two kids. It’s faking the profiles, etc.”
“Now this was a guilty plea,” Abrams continued. “This was someone who’s accepted responsibility for it, and is still getting six months. So you’ve got to believe if [Loughlin] were to take it to trial, with the additional charge that’s been thrown on her, if she was convicted, she’d be looking at a few years. I wouldn’t be surprised if she got 2 to 3 years if she’s convicted.”
Lori Loughlin Knows a Trial Would Make Things Worse for Her Daughters
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“There’s a similarity to the cases,” a source close to Loughlin acknowledged to PEOPLE last week. “And they’re smart enough to see that. So they’re very concerned. If this guy pleaded guilty and was still given six months, what does that mean for them? If they’re convicted, their sentences are going to be very severe. Also, they face more charges than Mr. McFarlane did. They’re very discouraged.”
In addition to charges of money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud, Loughlin and Giannulli were handed anlast month: one count each of conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery.
They now face up to 45 years in prison, although it seems unlikely they’ll serve such a harsh sentence.
Meanwhile, was three days early from her 14-day prison term in October. Unlike MacFarlane, the Desperate Housewives star didn’t lie about her daughter’s athletic ability but instead paid Singer $15,000 to have a proctor change her SAT answers after she took the test.
Lori Loughlin’s ‘Stress Is Only Mounting’ Ahead of Pretrial Hearing
Lori Loughlin’s ‘Stress Is Only Mounting’ Ahead of Pretrial HearingIf the star pleads guilty before her January pretrial hearing, “a recommendation of 10 years in prison would be made to the judge,” the insider tells Us. But that would entail Loughlin testifying against her husband, which she “refuses” to do. Adds the source, “The stress is only mounting.
Huffman is now serving, of which she was sentenced to 250 hours.
As the case against Loughlin and Giannulli moves forward, the legal source tells PEOPLE that they’re trying to think about other things. “It’s very hard for Lori not to obsess about this case and what her future will be,” says the source. “She knows that she should focus on all the good things in her life, but it’s almost impossible for her to do it. This is hanging over her head every single day.”
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A petition calling for a "real trial" for Christine Lagarde collects more than 140,000 signatures
Launched three days ago on the site Change.org, the petition was signed by many netizens claiming that the director of the IMF, found guilty of negligence in the Tapie arbitration case, be retried by an ordinary court.
Theagainst Christine Lagarde in the case of arbitration Tapie-Adidas continues to make a stir. A petition launched on the Change.org website calling for a "real lawsuit" for the IMF director has spread like wildfire on social media, garnering more than 140,000 signatures in just three days.
The petition was launched by a certain Julien Cristofoli, national education teacher and trade unionist SNUipp-FSU. He writes:
"On May 13, 2016, a homeless person aged 18, who had entered a house in Figeac to steal rice and pasta" out of necessity ",One of the most viral petitions since 2012 *. On 19 December 2016, Christine Lagarde has just been found guilty by the Court of Justice of the Republic while being exempted from punishment. What a shame for our "democracy"! What if not an exceptional court that has just applied a decision incomprehensible and unfair given the seriousness of the alleged facts! "
The petition, addressed to the President of the National Assembly Claude Bartolone, the first president of the Court of Cassation Bertrand Louvel, François Hollande and Senate Speaker Gérard Larcher, demands "that the law applies to Christine Lagarde as it applies to any ordinary citizens of this country ". "The former Minister of the Economy must answer for its actions in an ordinary criminal court and assume the consequences," ask the signatories, invoking the famous sentence from the fable of La Fontaine, "animals sick from the plague" "Depending on whether you will be powerful or miserable, court judgments will make you white or black."
The Court's decision - in which 12 parliamentarians sit - declares the IMF executive guilty of negligence without imposing any sentence on her sparked the anger of many citizens on social networks, finding it incomprehensible the "two-weight, two-measures" of this decision.
"This petition has surpassed the threshold of 100,000 signatures in less than 48 hours, after its launch on December 19 in the evening. In the last 24 hours, the petition has collected more than 39,000 signatures. It has 140,555 supporters this Thursday, December 22 at 12h, "says Change.org. Only 34 petitions launched in 2016 exceeded 100,000 signatures on the site. That for "a real trial for Christine Lagarde" is currently in 14th position of the most signed. Recently,signatories, but in two weeks.
"This is one of the most viral petitions since 2012", we react at Change.org. "It is comparable to the virality of the petition against the Labor Law," which had collected more than a million signatures in a few weeks. The platform recalls thatpolitical decisions, such as the one asking for the presidential pardon for Jacqueline Sauvage, or the creation of an .
Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli Plan to Have a 'Low-Key' Anniversary as They Await Trial: Source .
Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli Planning 'Low-Key' Anniversary: Source“Their anniversary is the last thing on their mind, as they’re trying to figure out their legal options and the case against them,” the source says. “They’re unified and working together to fight these charges, but they’re not really in a celebration mood, as far as I can tell.
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