As she faces forty years in prison, Lori Loughlin is reportedly having trouble with the fact that she is always going to be remembered for her role in the college admissions scandal.

“Lori is shocked and saddened that this is what her legacy is going to be,” a source told People Magazine.

The source went on to say that Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli have been telling their friends that what they were doing was not illegal when they paid $500,000 to get their two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as members of the crew team, even though neither girl had ever rowed before.

“You read the complaint and they look like criminal masterminds,” the source continued. “But they really didn’t know the legalities of what was going on. They’re not lawyers and they’re not experts. They were parents who simply wanted to make sure that their daughters got into a good school.”

“Calling in favors, donating money to the alumni association, hiring consultants. Those are all things that parents do,” the source explained. “And so they gave money to this consultant, not entirely knowing everything that was going to be done. When it all fell apart, nobody was as surprised as they were that they were in trouble. She never intended to break any laws, and if she did, it was inadvertent.”

This comes after TMZ reported that sources familiar with the case say that Loughlin and Giannulli have decided that their defense is going to be that they did not know that Rick Singer, the man behind the college admission scheme, was going to use the $500,000 to bribe the crew coach. However, the one problem with this is that Giannulli sent $100,000 directly to the school’s athletic director at one point, which makes this defense hard to believe, to say the least.

Perhaps Loughlin should have thought a little more about her legacy before she broke the law to get her daughters into college. It’s time for this wealthy Hollywood elitist to stop feeling sorry for herself and to start taking responsibility for her actions. Pleading guilty is the only chance Loughlin has of regaining any kind of respect from the public, as doing so will show the world that there really is some good in her. Loughlin would also be showing that she is a good parent, as pleading guilty would teach her privileged daughters an important lesson about taking responsibility for your actions.

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