U.S. Attorney Says Lori Loughlin Should Expect A “Substantially Higher” Punishment Than Felicity Huffman
From the Department of DUH: Lori Loughlin is in more trouble than Felicity Huffman. Both women participated in Operation Varsity Blues, which saw rich people scamming their children’s way into high education through bribe-bribes and not just “charitable donation” bullshit. Felicity dropped $15,000 to make her daughter look better at the SATs, while Lori allegedly dropped a full half a million in order to lie about her two daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella, being on the rowing team so they could get into USC. if you know anything about numbers and the law, it’s that $15,000 is much less than $500,000, and that the more you break a law the harsher you’ll be punished for it.
So maybe Lori thought–after Felicity earned herself 14 days in jail, a fine and some community service–that she too would be spared some pain and slapped gently on the wrist for her rich people crimes. Alas, the U.S. Attorney who is coming after Lori has news for her: It ain’t gonna happen since Felicity admitted to doing a wrong.
Deadline says Lori Loughlin should just take those fantasies of her and husband, Mossimo Giannulli, getting let off with a stern warning and bury them along with her fixations of seeing her daughters graduate USC.
It seems like just yesterday Felicity Huffman was getting arrested at gunpoint by law enforcement, but look how far she’s come. Pleaded guilty, got her sentence, she’ll be out in two weeks. Easy-breezy. This time next year we won’t even remember why we were mad at her. Lori Loughlin on the other hand…
Lori and Mossimo husband have been pretty ballsy with pleading not guilty, and by deluding themselves about any kind of influence they have over the legal process. But Lori has reportedly realized that maybe she played this wrong. (You did.) And here to confirm that she did is Andrew Lelling, the U.S. attorney coming for her.
Andrew seems to really like Felicity and hate Lori. In legal documents he’s called Felicity: the “least culpable defendant” among the rich people who got rounded up. And while on Boston’s WCVB he basically said she was a model example of how to crime and make amends. He called her guilty pleading: “classy“, saying she took responsibility “almost immediately,” was “contrite” and not trying to “minimize her conduct.” Unlike some people we know, right? Yes basically. Andrew said of Lori:
“If she is convicted, we would probably ask for a higher sentence for her than we did for Felicity Huffman. I can’t tell you what that would be.”
Deadline has a law enforcement source who said everyone in the legal world is amazed these guys are still holding out this long:
“They seemed determined to take this to the mat, despite all the evidence that puts them squarely in a legal headlock and all the opportunities they’ve been given. With Huffman first being sentence and now several other parents who paid less in bribes than them, you’d think they would have finally acknowledged how deep they are in.”
Andrew also said something similar while on the show, suggesting that if Lori and Mossimo pleaded guilty ahead of trial, he might show leniency.
“If it is after trial, we would ask for something substantially higher… If she resolved it before trial, something lower than that.”
It doesn’t take a legal expert to realize if this goes to a jury you probably won’t get sympathy. If known attention whore of gross wealth flaunting Kylie Jenner can’t by herself a Bugatti without the general public turning on her? Lori is screwed and by screwed I mean she’ll probably get 16 days, which is a lifetime sentence for her since prisons don’t have Dry Bars.
Here’s Andrew on WCVB: