Posted on December 12, 2020 in
Written by: David B. Honig
“From that date (the plea agreements) will have a pretty bad impact on their future as a celebrity,” Torossian said. “She and her husband may have lost the public`s trust forever.” Two months is longer than actress and co-accused Felicity Huffman. Huffman rushed to the courthouse to plead guilty, receive the lowest possible sentence and leave the whole experience behind. Their sentence was 14 days; she was released after serving only 11 of them. U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton accepted Loughlin`s plea with prosecutors at a videoconference hearing on the coronavirus pandemic, after sentencing her husband at a previous hearing. Loughlin, 55, and Giannulli, 56, both of Los Angeles, California, will plead guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. Loughlin will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud in the wire and in the mail, while Giannulli will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and fraud to honest services. Accepting or refusing such a plea on behalf of someone in Loughlin`s shoes was very simple.
Otherwise, this case could go to a trial where she faces years in prison (my guess would have been 4 to 5 years if she had been guilty… but I think she had a strong case). This did not happen in Loughlin. From the argument, it would appear that these accused are not being hit by the “trial tax”. Case information, including the status of each defendant, royalty documents and the means relied upon are available here: www.justice.gov/usao-ma/investigations-college-admissions-and-testing-bribery-scheme. The “I love mess” crowd can seem to draw attention to Zoom tomorrow morning. For defendants facing federal charges, there is a good chance they will plead guilty as soon as they are charged… very high… 95%. There are two main reasons for this: 1) the heavy financial burden of going to court and 2) the long sentence expected by those who lose in court.
When Lori Loughlin pleaded guilty, it was interesting because she had a great case and a lot of money to distance herself. So why this change in attitude? Gorton J.A. found in May that he had concluded that he was “satisfied that the government did not lie or misceiving the court.” Gorton also explained that if Loughlin was not satisfied with his decision, he would have ample opportunity to hear From Singer if he testified in court.