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Lori Loughlin Waits for Judge to Decide on Guilty Pleas

After more than a year of denials, couple drops claims of innocence in admissions scam

(Newser) - Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, became the 24th and 25th parents to plead guilty in the college admissions scandal on Friday, but their pleas aren't official yet. A judge in Massachusetts told the actress and the fashion designer that he can't accept their pleas until he'... More »

Lori Loughlin to Plead Guilty, Serve Time Behind Bars

'Full House' star's husband, Mossimo Giannulli, will also plead guilty

(Newser) - For more than a year, it looked like Lori Loughlin would fight the charges against her in the college admissions bribery scandal. Apparently, she's changed her mind: Per the Los Angeles Times and ABC News , the 55-year-old Full House actress and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, will plead guilty to... More »

Judge Passes on Dismissing Charges Against Loughlin

Defense had argued misconduct by FBI agents

(Newser) - A judge declined Friday to dismiss charges against actress Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and other prominent parents accused of cheating the college admissions process who argue they were entrapped by federal authorities. US District Judge Nathaniel Gorton rejected the defense's bid to toss the indictment... More »

Judge in Loughlin Case: 'Disturbing' Defense Allegations

Federal judge wants more info from prosecutors on claims FBI investigators asked Rick Singer to lie

(Newser) - Lori Loughlin and other parents involved in the college admissions bribery scandal have been trying to get charges against them dropped , claiming misconduct by FBI investigators, and a federal judge now wants more information from prosecutors, calling the allegations "serious and disturbing." Defense attorneys say that Loughlin and... More »

Judge Releases Admissions Scam Convict Early

Toby Macfarlane's lawyers said he was at risk in prison during pandemic

(Newser) - A parent sentenced to six months in prison for participating in the college admissions bribery scheme is getting to go home early because of the coronavirus pandemic, a federal judge has ruled. Toby Macfarlane, a former real estate executive from Del Mar, California, will be released to home confinement after... More »

Lori Loughlin: It's Time to Toss Charges

She and other accused parents say ringleader's notes prove they're innocent

(Newser) - As of now, Lori Loughlin and her husband are scheduled to go on trial in October in the college admissions scandal . But on Wednesday night in Boston, Loughlin and other accused parents asked a judge to dismiss the charges against them, reports the Los Angeles Times . The request revolves around... More »

Lawyers: 'Devastating' New Evidence in Loughlin Case

Notes turned over by prosecution prove her innocence, defense team says

(Newser) - Lawyers for Full House actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, said Wednesday that new evidence shows the couple is innocent of charges that they bribed their daughters' way into the University of Southern California. An attorney for the couple said in a legal filing that prosecutors... More »

'Loud and Abrasive Call' Might Ruin College Scandal Case

Court filing releases notes from Rick Singer's iPhone

(Newser) - Lori Loughlin, wondering what to read tonight? Try TMZ . The tabloid news site reports that Rick Singer, ringleader in the college admissions scandal, says the FBI angrily told him to lie about a key aspect of the case. One accused parent, Elisabeth Kimmel, made a legal filing Wednesday that claims... More »

Hot Pockets Heiress Sentenced for College Admissions Bribery

Michelle Janavs gets five months behind bars

(Newser) - An heir to the Hot Pockets fortune was sentenced to five months in prison Tuesday for trying to cheat and bribe her daughters' way into school as part of a nationwide college admissions scam, the AP reports. Michelle Janavs, whose father and uncle invented the microwaveable Hot Pockets turnovers before... More »

Here's Lori Loughlin's Kid's Alleged Fake Crew Resume

Prosecutors release it in response to a filing from Loughlin, Giannulli

(Newser) - Prosecutors have released the fake crew resume allegedly used by Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli to get their daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli into USC, reports the Boston Herald , which has the document in full here . Per CNN , it lists Olivia Jade, now 20, as the winner of two gold... More »

Ex-CEO Receives Longest Sentence for 'Appalling' Scam

Judge gives Douglas Hodge, who paid $850,000 to get his kids into college, 9 months in prison

(Newser) - Douglas Hodge, the 14th parent sentenced in the college admissions bribery scandal, received nine months in prison Friday—the longest term in the case so far. Hodge pleaded guilty last fall to paying $850,000 in bribes to get four of his children into the University of Southern California and... More »

She Investigated Admissions Fraud While Allegedly Taking Part

Prosecutors share emails between Mossimo Giannulli and scheme mastermind

(Newser) - An athletic department administrator asked to investigate puzzling recruitment decisions at the University of Southern California a year before the admissions scandal broke was herself taking part in the fraud, according to new court documents. In March 2018, a USC official asked Donna Heinel to look into three students—Lori... More »

Loughlin Gets 'Worst' Advice From Prison Coach

The 'Fuller House' actor is learning about survival behind bars, in case she's found guilty

(Newser) - Facing a stint in the big house? You might want to learn the ropes first. That's what Lori Loughlin is thinking, based on two reports about expert advice she's getting on prison survival—including a few martial-arts techniques. "She has someone who is advising her what to... More »

Loughlin Claims Prosecutors Are Concealing Evidence

Lawyers say couple did not know payments would be used to bribe college officials

(Newser) - While some celebrity parents have pleaded guilty in the college admissions bribery scandal, Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Gianulli are fighting the charges —and they say prosecutors are concealing evidence that could help clear them. In a court filing Friday, the couple accused federal prosecutors of refusing to turn... More »

Loughlin's Daughter Has Something to Say

Olivia Jade Giannulli posts a fresh YouTube video

(Newser) - Olivia Jade Giannulli is back on YouTube. The daughter of Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli returned Sunday with her first video —called "hi again"—since her parents were indicted in March for allegedly taking part in the college admissions scandal, TMZ reports. They're accused of paying... More »

In College Admissions Brouhaha, the Longest Sentence Yet

Toby MacFarlane gets 6 months behind bars in California

(Newser) - Felicity Huffman has served her time , Lori Loughlin awaits her own fate, and an ex-California real estate executive has been hit with the longest prison sentence yet in the college admissions scandal . Per NBC News , six months behind bars was the sentence given Wednesday to Toby MacFarlane, 56, who was... More »

Prison for Lori Loughlin? Columnist Says It's 'Nuts'

She deserves a slap on the wrist, not prison time: William McGurn

(Newser) - Lori Loughlin is enduring a lot of bad press of late, but an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal goes against the grain. "Free Lori Loughlin" reads the headline of William McGurn's column, and he means just that. That Loughlin and her husband could get 45 years in... More »

Lori Loughlin to Judge: Don't Make Us Come to Court

She and husband enter not-guilty pleas to new bribery charge

(Newser) - Faced with new charges in the college admissions scandal, actress Lori Loughlin and her husband pleaded not guilty Friday via their attorneys. The couple was hit with that indictment , on federal program bribery, after being warned by prosecutors that more charges would be brought if they didn't plead guilty... More »

Felicity Huffman Catches Break Thanks to Release Rules

Credit for time served, plus DOJ guidelines on weekend releases spring actress 3 days early

(Newser) - If anyone thought Felicity Huffman's two-week prison sentence was too short, it just got truncated even more. People reports that the 56-year-old was released Friday from the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, Calif., on the 11th day of her 14-day sentence. Huffman, who pleaded guilty to paying college admissions... More »

Author of Parenting Book Sentenced in Admissions Scandal

Jane Buckingham pleaded guilty, got 3 weeks

(Newser) - A California marketing executive and parenting book author has been sentenced to three weeks in prison for paying $50,000 to cheat on her son's college entrance exam, the AP reports. Jane Buckingham, who per CNN authored The Modern Girl's Guide to Motherhood , was sentenced in Boston's... More »

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