Each update we get on the extremely juicy Operation Varsity Blues scandal gives HBO more and more material for when they inevitably turn this into a miniseries. Most recently, documents were filed to have Lori Loughlin and Mossimo’s legal team taken off the case, due to a possible conflict of interest. Well, Olivia Jade’s parents don’t want to wait around for a new legal team, because they just want to get these “baseless” accusations over with. It’s summertime, and Lori’s got poolside margaritas to make!
Lori and Mossimo allegedly believe they’re innocent in all of this. They’ve pleaded not guilty, played stupid, and planned to argue their way out of it in court. This is all despite the fact that federal prosecutors charged them with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, honest services fraud, and money laundering. It doesn’t look good, and now there’s even more drama.
According to The Blast, the legal firm Latham & Watkins have recently filed documents requesting they continue to represent their clients, Lori and Mossimo. They’re reportedly responding to a previous petition that claimed Latham & Watkins have a conflict of interest on their hands. Latham & Watkins reportedly represented the University of Southern California before. USC is the college that allegedly accepted bribe money from several parents, including Lori and Mossimo.
Latham & Watkins says they’ve represented Mossimo for two decades, and that Mossimo wants them to represent him and his wife during this trial. Replacing their lawyers will no doubt take time, and Lori and Mossimo don’t want to deal with that. Especially since this is all bullshit. And not alleged bullshit, either – Lori and Mossimo are confident these bribery accusations are full-blown bull turds.
“Giannulli and Loughlin are innocent of the charges brought against them and eager to clear their names,” the documents state. “And they believe their interests will be advanced most effectively by presenting a united front against the Government’s baseless accusations.”
The law firm adds that they take their ethical obligations seriously, and that there’s no risk of a potential conflict of interest. They continue that USC isn’t a party in this matter, therefore it’s not a conflict.
But back to that part about the government’s “baseless” claims. Baseless would imply there’s absolutely no reason why Lori and Mossimo got dragged into all of this. And yet, Olivia Jade has a never-worn Crew uniform hanging in her closet, and Lori and Mossimo paid that $500,000. That doesn’t look good, but if Lori and Mossimo really are that delusional, maybe they should represent themselves in court. If only because we deserve to hear what laughable defense they come up with.
“Your honor, that wasn’t a bribe – it was a $500,000 charitable donation to Mr. Rick Singer to buy a proper suit. I mean, he only wears windbreakers, as you know. And $500,000 is how much a suit costs, right? We don’t really know, because we are very rich and successful and can’t be bothered to look at price tags. Hello – Full House, ever heard of it?”