Lori Loughlin and Husband Waived Right to Separate Representation
This move could really tear their family apart if it doesn't go the way they want it to.
As their trial nears for their role in the infamous college admissions scandal, “Fuller House” actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are presenting a unified front in court.
Fox News reported new court documents show Loughlin and Giannulli waived their right to separate representation in the case.
“Giannulli and Loughlin are innocent of the charges brought against them and are eager to clear their names,” attorneys for the couple wrote in a filing this week. “And they believe their interests will be advanced most effectively by presenting a united front against the Government’s baseless accusations.”
The lawyers went on to say that their clients want a “common defense” and that they understand the risks, including the legal argument that “the best defense for one client may depend on compromising the defense of the other client.” The attorneys wrote that contrary to this typical legal belief, “a common defense often gives strength against a common attack … Whatever happens, Giannulli and Loughlin will have their interests fully protected, and the case will proceed without undue delay.”
Loughlin and Giannulli Face 40 Years in Prison
Loughlin and Giannulli have been accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to have their two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as members of the crew team even though neither girl had ever rowed. They are each facing up to forty years in prison after rejecting a plea deal that would have put them in jail for just a few months. This plea deal was taken by most of the other parents involved in the case, including “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman.
Sources have previously said that Loughlin and Giannulli are approaching fighting these charges “as a team.”
“Lori in particular has become extremely well-versed in the case,” one source said. “She’s an active participant in her own defense, feels like she’s got a valid defense and that when all the evidence comes out, she won’t be found guilty.”