Lori Loughlin Back In Court In College Admissions Scandal | TODAY

Lori Loughlin Back In Court In College Admissions Scandal | TODAY

August 29, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


IT IS A CLEAR SIGNAL THIS CASE IS HEADED TOWARDS TRIAL. IS HEADED TOWARDS TRIAL.>>LORI!>>LORI! PAY FOR MYITUY TUITION! PAY FOR MYITUY TUITION!>>Reporter: WHEN LORI LOUGHLIN>>Reporter: WHEN LORI LOUGHLIN AND HER HUSBAND, GIANNULLI, AND HER HUSBAND, GIANNULLI, ARRIVE AT COURT, THEY’RE ARRIVE AT COURT, THEY’RE EXPECTED TO PRESENT A UNITED EXPECTED TO PRESENT A UNITED FRONT, AS BOTH FACE YEARS OF FRONT, AS BOTH FACE YEARS OF PRISON TIME IF CONVICTED. PRISON TIME IF CONVICTED. WHILE LOUGHLIN HAS NOT SPOKEN WHILE LOUGHLIN HAS NOT SPOKEN PUBLICLY SINCE HER INDICTMENT, PUBLICLY SINCE HER INDICTMENT, THE ACTRESS HAS BEEN THE ACTRESS HAS BEEN PHOTOGRAPHED NEAR HER LOS PHOTOGRAPHED NEAR HER LOS ANGELES HOME. ANGELES HOME. CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY TO CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MAIL FRAUD, WIRE FRAUD, COMMIT MAIL FRAUD, WIRE FRAUD, AND MONEY LAUNDERING, THE AND MONEY LAUNDERING, THE HOLLYWOOD COUPLE IS ACCUSED OF HOLLYWOOD COUPLE IS ACCUSED OF PAYING HALF A MILLION DOLLARS TO PAYING HALF A MILLION DOLLARS TO GET THEIR TWO CHILDREN INTO USC GET THEIR TWO CHILDREN INTO USC THROUGH A SIDE DOOR. THROUGH A SIDE DOOR.>>I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU JUST DID>>I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU JUST DID THAT. THAT. THAT’S SAVAGE. THAT’S SAVAGE.>>Reporter: AFTER MONTHS OF>>Reporter: AFTER MONTHS OF LAYING LOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA, LAYING LOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA, DAUGHTER AND INFLUENCER OLIVIA DAUGHTER AND INFLUENCER OLIVIA JADE POSTED BIRTHDAY WISHES TO JADE POSTED BIRTHDAY WISHES TO HER MOM ON INSTAGRAM, ALONG WITH HER MOM ON INSTAGRAM, ALONG WITH THIS PHOTO, DIRECTED AT MEDIA THIS PHOTO, DIRECTED AT MEDIA OUTLETS WHO HAVE BEEN COVERING OUTLETS WHO HAVE BEEN COVERING THE CHEATING SCANDAL. THE CHEATING SCANDAL.>>SORRY FOR WHAT YOU DID, SIR?>>SORRY FOR WHAT YOU DID, SIR?>>Reporter: WITH 34 PARENTS>>Reporter: WITH 34 PARENTS CHARGED, NEARLY HALF HAVE CHARGED, NEARLY HALF HAVE PLEADED GUILTY. PLEADED GUILTY. SO FAR, THE ONLY DEFENDANT SO FAR, THE ONLY DEFENDANT SENTENCED IS FORMER COACH JOHN SENTENCED IS FORMER COACH JOHN VANDEMOER, WHO GOT ONE DAY IN VANDEMOER, WHO GOT ONE DAY IN JAIL, TIME SERVED, PROBATION, JAIL, TIME SERVED, PROBATION, AND A FINE AFTER PLEADING GUILTY AND A FINE AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO TAKING BRIBES AND ALLOWING TO TAKING BRIBES AND ALLOWING PRIVILEGED STUDENTS INTO PRIVILEGED STUDENTS INTO STANFORD AS UNQUALIFIED ATHLETIC STANFORD AS UNQUALIFIED ATHLETIC RECRUITS. RECRUITS.>>I HAVE TAKEN RESPONSIBILITY>>I HAVE TAKEN RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY ACTIONS. FOR MY ACTIONS.>>Reporter: PARENTS WHO HAVE>>Reporter: PARENTS WHO HAVE ENTERED GUILTY PLEAS, INCLUDING ENTERED GUILTY PLEAS, INCLUDING FELICITY HUFFMAN, ARE SCHEDULED FELICITY HUFFMAN, ARE SCHEDULED TO BE SENTENCED OVER THE NEXT TO BE SENTENCED OVER THE NEXT TWO MONTHS. TWO MONTHS.>>WHAT DO YOU MEAN I CAN’T LET>>WHAT DO YOU MEAN I CAN’T LET GO? GO?>>Reporter: THE OSCAR WINNER,>>Reporter: THE OSCAR WINNER, WHO APPEARS IN THE FILM WHO APPEARS IN THE FILM “OTHERHOOD,” PLEADED GUILTY IN “OTHERHOOD,” PLEADED GUILTY IN MAY TO CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MAIL MAY TO CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MAIL FRAUD AND HONEST SERVICES MAIL FRAUD AND HONEST SERVICES MAIL FRAUD AND TEARFULLY APOLOGIZED FRAUD AND TEARFULLY APOLOGIZED IN COURT. IN COURT. AS HUFFMAN’S REAL-LIFE DRAMA MAY AS HUFFMAN’S REAL-LIFE DRAMA MAY BE ENTERING ITS FINAL ACT, BE ENTERING ITS FINAL ACT, ANOTHER HOLLYWOOD STAR APPEARS ANOTHER HOLLYWOOD STAR APPEARS READY FOR A FIGHT. READY FOR A FIGHT. IN PLEADING NOT GUILTY, LOUGHLIN IN PLEADING NOT GUILTY, LOUGHLIN AND HER HUSBAND TURNED DOWN A AND HER HUSBAND TURNED DOWN A PLEA DEAL THAT WOULD HAVE PLEA DEAL THAT WOULD HAVE RECOMMENDED REDUCED PRISON TIME. RECOMMENDED REDUCED PRISON TIME. THAT IS CLEARLY SOMETHING THEY THAT IS CLEARLY SOMETHING THEY ARE TRYING TO AVOID. ARE TRYING TO AVOID. AS FOR HUFFMAN, PROSECUTORS AS FOR HUFFMAN, PROSECUTORS RECOMMEND SHE SPEND FOUR TO TEN RECOMMEND SHE SPEND FOUR TO TEN MONTHS BEHIND BARS. MONTHS BEHIND BARS. SHE, TOO, IS LOOKING TO AVOID SHE, TOO, IS LOOKING TO AVOID ANY TIME IN PRISON. ANY TIME IN PRISON. GUYS, BACK TO YOU. GUYS, BACK TO YOU.>>MIGUEL, THANK YOU FOR THAT.>>MIGUEL, THANK YOU FOR THAT.>>>NBC NEWS LEGAL ANALYST DANNY>>>NBC NEWS LEGAL ANALYST DANNY CEVALLOS IS HERE WITH MORE ON CEVALLOS IS HERE WITH MORE ON WHAT TO EXPECT AT TODAY’S WHAT TO EXPECT AT TODAY’S HEARING. HEARING. GOOD MORNING, DANNY. GOOD MORNING, DANNY.>>GOOD MORNING.>>GOOD MORNING.>>LET’S PUT TODAY INTO>>LET’S PUT TODAY INTO PERSPECTIVE. PERSPECTIVE. PROSECUTORS CALLED THIS COURT PROSECUTORS CALLED THIS COURT HEARING BECAUSE THEY SAY THERE HEARING BECAUSE THEY SAY THERE MAY BE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN MAY BE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN THE CASE WITH THE LEGAL THE CASE WITH THE LEGAL REPRESENTATION. REPRESENTATION. DOESN’T LORI LOUGHLIN PICK HER DOESN’T LORI LOUGHLIN PICK HER OWN ATTORNEYS HERE? OWN ATTORNEYS HERE?>>THAT’S THE SIXTH AMENDMENT TO>>THAT’S THE SIXTH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION, SHE CAN CHOOSE THE CONSTITUTION, SHE CAN CHOOSE HER OWN ATTORNEYS, EVEN JOINT HER OWN ATTORNEYS, EVEN JOINT REPRESENTATION, WHERE TWO REPRESENTATION, WHERE TWO CO-DEFENDANTS USE THE SAME LAW CO-DEFENDANTS USE THE SAME LAW FIRM IS NOT PROCOLLUSIONECLUSION FIRM IS NOT PROCOLLUSIONECLUSION AS THERE IS NOT A CONFLICT. AS THERE IS NOT A CONFLICT. IT SEEMS DISINGENUOUS THAT THE IT SEEMS DISINGENUOUS THAT THE PROSECUTION CARES ABOUT A PROSECUTION CARES ABOUT A CONFLICT WITH THE DEFENDANTS. CONFLICT WITH THE DEFENDANTS. THEY’RE NOT INTERESTED IN THEIR THEY’RE NOT INTERESTED IN THEIR WELL-BEING. WELL-BEING. WHAT THEY’RE REALLY CONCERNED WHAT THEY’RE REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT, THE GOVERNMENT, IS LATER ABOUT, THE GOVERNMENT, IS LATER ON, IF THESE TWO ARE CONVICTED, ON, IF THESE TWO ARE CONVICTED, THEY MAY COME BACK TO AN APPEALS THEY MAY COME BACK TO AN APPEALS COURT AND SAY, WAIT A MINUTE, WE COURT AND SAY, WAIT A MINUTE, WE HAD NO IDEA THERE WAS THIS HAD NO IDEA THERE WAS THIS CONFLICT, THAT OUR FIRM WOULD CONFLICT, THAT OUR FIRM WOULD HAVE ADVERSE INTERESTS AGAINST HAVE ADVERSE INTERESTS AGAINST US. US. COURT, VACATE OUR CONVICTION AND COURT, VACATE OUR CONVICTION AND SET US FREE. SET US FREE.>>TO BE CLEAR, THEY’RE IN THE>>TO BE CLEAR, THEY’RE IN THE PRETRIAL PHASE. PRETRIAL PHASE. WE HEARD FROM MIGUEL ABOUT WHAT WE HEARD FROM MIGUEL ABOUT WHAT THE PROSECUTION IS LOOKING FOR. THE PROSECUTION IS LOOKING FOR. IF CONVICTED, WHAT IS IT LIKELY IF CONVICTED, WHAT IS IT LIKELY THEY COULD FACE, GIANNULLI AND THEY COULD FACE, GIANNULLI AND LOUGHLIN? LOUGHLIN?>>MULTIPLE YEARS.>>MULTIPLE YEARS. EARLY ON, THEY WERE GIVEN THE EARLY ON, THEY WERE GIVEN THE OPTION, ESSENTIALLY, TO PLEAD OPTION, ESSENTIALLY, TO PLEAD GUILTY, AND SOME DEFENDANTS DID GUILTY, AND SOME DEFENDANTS DID THAT THAT THAT. THAT. THEY RECEIVED LIGHT SENTENCES. THEY RECEIVED LIGHT SENTENCES. SOON AFTER LORI LOUGHLIN AND HER SOON AFTER LORI LOUGHLIN AND HER HUSBAND ELECTED TO GO TO TRIAL, HUSBAND ELECTED TO GO TO TRIAL, THE GOVERNMENT AMENDED AND ADDED THE GOVERNMENT AMENDED AND ADDED NEW CHARGES AGAINST THEM, WHICH NEW CHARGES AGAINST THEM, WHICH IS PROSECUTION 101 FOR THE IS PROSECUTION 101 FOR THE GOVERNMENT. GOVERNMENT. THEY GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO THEY GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO PLEAD GUILTY EARLY AND POSSIBLY PLEAD GUILTY EARLY AND POSSIBLY COOPERATE. COOPERATE. IF YOU DON’T, THEN THEY’RE GOING IF YOU DON’T, THEN THEY’RE GOING TO BACK UP THE DUMP TRUCK AND TO BACK UP THE DUMP TRUCK AND HIT YOU WITH EVERYTHING THEY HIT YOU WITH EVERYTHING THEY THINK THEY CAN HIT YOU WITH. THINK THEY CAN HIT YOU WITH.>>DANNY, IS THERE STILL ENOUGH>>DANNY, IS THERE STILL ENOUGH TIME FOR A PLEA DEAL IF THEY TIME FOR A PLEA DEAL IF THEY CHANGE THEIR MINDS? CHANGE THEIR MINDS?>>YES AND NO.>>YES AND NO. THE GOVERNMENT IS ALWAYS THE GOVERNMENT IS ALWAYS INTERESTED IN A PLEA DEAL. INTERESTED IN A PLEA DEAL. THE REAL QUESTION IS WHETHER OR THE REAL QUESTION IS WHETHER OR NOT IT IS A DEAL THAT WILL BE NOT IT IS A DEAL THAT WILL BE APPETIZING TO THESE DEFENDANTS. APPETIZING TO THESE DEFENDANTS. THE GOVERNMENT WILL ALWAYS LET A THE GOVERNMENT WILL ALWAYS LET A DEFENDANT PLEAD TO THE DEFENDANT PLEAD TO THE INDICTMENT, BUT THE DEFENDANT INDICTMENT, BUT THE DEFENDANT WANTS TO GET A DEAL, THE WAY WANTS TO GET A DEAL, THE WAY TRUMP MIGHT DESCRIBE IT. TRUMP MIGHT DESCRIBE IT. THEY WANT A DEAL, SOMETHING THEY WANT A DEAL, SOMETHING BETTER THAN WHAT THEY’RE CHARGED BETTER THAN WHAT THEY’RE CHARGED WITH. WITH. THIS IS WHAT THE DEFENDANT DID