Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli want to face a trial in the college admissions scandal because they believe the only way to save their reputations is for the public to understand what they did and why.
The Full House star and her designer husband are facing up to 40 years in prison for allegedly paying $500,000 to get her daughters into USC.
They both pleaded not guilty to charges of mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy in Boston Federal Court on Monday after turning down a plea deal, insisting that going trial is their best option.
‘Lori feels like so much damage has been done publicly that the only way for her to counter it is to fight this case in court,’ an insider told People.
‘She feels like once all the evidence is presented, that people will understand how things happened.’
The source said the Loughlin hopes to avoid jail time altogether, and knows that her only way that will happen is if she is found not guilty.
Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli want to go to trial in the college admissions scandal because they believe making the public understand what they did and why is the only way to save their reputations. Lawyers for the Full House star and her designer husband (above on April 3) entered pleas of ‘not guilty’ on the couple’s behalf on Monday in Boston federal court
The same insider claimed that Loughlin never intended to do anything illegal and said that the evidence will exonerate the couple.
‘Everyone has seen snippets of the evidence, but there’s a lot more out there,’ the source said.
‘When you look at it in context, you can argue that this is a woman who didn’t understand exactly what she was doing.’
Loughlin and Giannulli are facing up to 40 years in prison for allegedly paying $500,000 to get her daughters into USC
They shifted the blame onto the mastermind behind the sweeping bribery scandal, William ‘Rick’ Singer, who pleaded guilty to multiple charges related to his nonprofit Key Worldwide Foundation, which prosecutors say was actually a front for accepting bribes.
The source said: ‘[Loughlin] was being counseled and guided by a man who this was his area of expertise. ‘When the evidence comes out, she’ll have a case to make.
‘At this point, if she pleads guilty, she feels like the mitigating evidence will never see the light of day.’
Prosecutors say Loughlin and Giannulli forked over hefty bribes to have their daughters Olivia Jade, 19, and Isabella Rose, 20, designated as recruits to the USC crew team even though they did not participate in the sport, thereby facilitating their admission to the school.
They were among the 50 people implicated in a March indictment from the US Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts accusing dozens of parents, coaches and admissions counselors accused of crimes such as falsifying SAT scores and lying about student’s athletic skills.
Prosecutors say the parents forked over hefty bribes to have their daughters Olivia Jade, 19, and Isabella Rose, 20, (left and right) designated as recruits to the USC crew team
Last week it was revealed that Loughlin and Giannulli had joined 15 co-defendants and prosecutors to agree to a protective order that will keep all ‘academic records or information containing academic records’ under seal.
The protective order will also include any ‘college applications, including grades, test scores and essays (both draft and final)’ along with ‘any wiretap or consensual recordings that contain information about children or uncharged co-conspirators.’
It is believed investigators obtained recording of Loughlin.
Any reference to a child’s health information including mental health or psychological information is also to remain under seal.
Lawyers for the families and the prosecutors are asking the judge to sign off on the agreed upon protective order over the evidence.
Some of the parents have asked for a provision that after 60 days of the discovery materials being turned over to them by the government, some defendants want to be able to use the material that relates to them freely as they wish.
The order does not specify if Loughlin and her husband are among the defendants seeking that provision to be added.
Loughlin’s daughter Isabella was photographed on Thursday in Los Angeles for the first time since news broke that either she or her sister, Olivia Jade, are being investigated in relation to their parents alleged involvement in the college admissions scandal.
Isabella Rose Giannulli (pictured) was spotted out for the first time since news broke that either she or her sister, Olivia Jade, are being investigated in relation to the alleged involvement of her mother, Lori Loughlin, in the widespread college admissions scandal