According to the motion, and a subsequent memo supporting the dismissal motion, Louglin's lawyers allege that prosecutors acted inappropriately in regards to one of their main witnesses - accused bribery scam ring-leader Rick Singer - and that they tried to hide exculpatory evidence. Singer reportedly told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that clients "typically do not know that [former USC official Donna] Heinel is involved until the time of their first payment", which suggests they may not have known the payment was suspicious.
As previously reported, both Loughlin, 55, and Giannulli, 56, have been named in an ongoing admissions scandal dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues", and stand accused of paying $500,000 to a sham charity enacted by Singer to get their kids in as recruits of the rowing team despite that their daughters never participated in the spot. Singer spoke with investigators in 2018, and wrote in his notes that they were "loud and abrasive", and that they instructed him, during phone calls he recorded, not to repeat to his clients what he initially told them - that they were donating money to an athletic program, rather than any individual person.
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Attorneys for Loughlin and Giannulli raised claims of misconduct before Gorton in court last month. "I was like, 'Well, maybe the way they got in you're not supposed to get in like that".
According to the defense, prosecutors belatedly turned over Singer's notes from the investigation, in which he complained that the government was preventing him from telling parents that the payments were legitimate.
The defense contends that the parents were under the impression that the payments were donations to the school. She served 12 days behind bars before getting released. In a recorded conversation, she says, "Yeah, no, no I - I had questions about USC". "Uh, yeah I don't know".More news: Netflix and Prime video to reduce streaming equality
"While withholding the notes and many other examples of material exculpatory information, the government attempted to coerce defendants into pleading guilty by threatening that if they did not, they would face additional charges", wrote the lawyers.
"The extraordinary government misconduct presented in this case threatens grave harm to defendants and the integrity of this proceeding", the motion reads.
The defence attorneys want the charges against their clients dismissed.More news: Filmmaker Farah Khan urges celebs to ‘stop posting workout videos’
Loughlin's lawyers and those representing the other parents accused of trying to land their children top university spots by allegedly bribing education administrators claim the prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney's Office are guilty of misconduct. "At a minimum, the Court should order suppression of the tainted recordings".