Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli pled not guilty for their part in the college admissions scandal on Monday. Their choice had many people wondering why they would risk a trial when there is overwhelming evidence against the couple.
As it turns out Loughlin and Giannulli may not have gotten the best legal advice. One week after Felicity Huffam pled guilty to the charges against her, the actress and designer did the exact opposite. Despite new additional charges against them, Loughlin and her hubby chose a not guilty plea based on advice from their lawyer.
A source close to the couple revealed to US Weekly that the Fuller House actress was in denial about not only charges against her but her possibility of spending time in jail, as well. The reason Loughlin was not facing reality is because of her legal team’s confidence.
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“Her attorney told her not to take the deal,” the unnamed source shared with the magazine.
Once Loughlin and Giannulli turned down the deal, they were hit with additional charges of money laundering, forcing their hand and giving them no choice but to plead not guilty.
“They missed the opportunity for a plea bargain during the first round, and now there might not be a deal available for them to take,” shared Wendy Feldman, a legal coach, and crisis manager, who is not directly involved in the case but revealed her input to US Weekly.
Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have raised eyebrows since the first day of their arrest in Operation Varsity Blues. There has been a lot of speculation that the famous pair is out of touch with the severity of their actions and the implications they now face. By turning down the original plea deal and facing additional charges, the actress and her man have sealed their fate.
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“I don’t know what she was thinking. The feds have an overwhelming amount of evidence against her, including emails, phone calls, and financial documents,” LA-based attorney Neama Rahmani also shared with US Weekly.
It looks like the former Where The Heart Calls actress got some bad legal advice, and now she is going to pay a hefty price. The feds want all parties involved in the college bribery scheme to do jail time and for Loughlin that could mean up to five years in prison.
Life is not looking so good for the once in-demand actress. Loughlin might want to reconsider her legal representation before things get even worse for her and Giannulli.