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Lori Loughlin’s Genius Defense Strategy Is… God
On Tuesday, Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli appeared in federal court in Boston for a hearing related to their involvement in the college admissions scandal. Loughlin, 55, and Giannulli, 56, have been charged with mail fraud and money laundering after they allegedly paid $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters Olivia Jade and Bella Giannulli falsely designated as recruits to the USC crew team, ensuring their admission to the university. Unlike other boldface names caught up in the scandal, Loughlin and Gianulli rejected a plea deal in April and are moving toward a trial. Which means, at some point soon, they will need to mount a real defense. What’s their strategy?
At Tuesday’s hearing, Loughlin and Giannulli waived their rights to separate attorneys and made clear their desire to present a “united front” in the case. They each wore conservative outfits and attempted to avoid the media by entering the court through the back door, appearing much more serious than they did during their last visit to Boston, when Loughlin signed autographs and took selfies with fans. Both face up to 40 years in prison if convicted.
Since Loughlin and Giannulli were indicted in March, the tabloids have covered the case obsessively. Loughlin has appeared on the covers of People and Us Weekly multiple times in the last few months. At the beginning, she often appeared alongside Felicity Huffman, who was charged with mail fraud after allegedly paying $15,000 to adjust her daughter’s SAT scores. Once Huffman took a plea deal in May, though, Loughlin became the main story, with multiple insiders regularly offering a tabloid window into her state of mind.
In early April, when Loughlin and Giannulli were still deciding whether or not to plead guilty, sources connected to Loughlin told the tabloids that she was focusing on spirituality and wellness. “While waiting for this to come to some conclusion, she’s trying to keep a somewhat regular schedule—going to yoga and pilates and seeing friends for lunch,” a source told People. “She is very faith-based, and she knows her faith will get her through this.”
Since then, the tabloids have provided regular updates about Loughlin’s religiosity: She has been “spotted” attending mass at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills several times. The day before Loughlin and Giannulli pleaded not guilty, they were photographed celebrating Palm Sunday at church. People devoted two separate articles to the outing. In one, a source revealed that “Lori and Mossimo both celebrated The Lord by leading the palm procession through the church. They were asked by the priest to lead.” Both wore Gucci loafers to the service.- Source