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Why Lori Loughlin Probably Won't Get Away With College Admissions Scandal

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By Stephanie Elmir

Lori Loughlin is one of the dozens of parents caught in a college admissions scandal. She's facing charges for conspiracy fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and conspiracy to commit bribery. All this was to get her daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli into the University of Southern California.

Loughlin could be facing a decade in jail if she loses this case, already rejecting a plea deal for a two-year sentence. Here are evidence and details that could make her regret not taking that deal.

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Her Daughter Barely Attended USC

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Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade is a Youtube vlogger who might have ruined her chances at winning. Before the scandal, Giannulli recorded videos on how she barely attended class at USC for brand opportunities.

Instead of attending classes, Giannulli focuses on homecoming and fraternity parties. There's even one where Loughlin herself says she wonders why she paid her daughter's tuition. This isn't evidence, so much as an example of moral character from both women. What kind of mother lets their child waste a golden opportunity.

The Act

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With the help of the admission scandal ring leader William "Rick" Singer, Loughlin came in contact with a crew team coach. Loughlin is facing charges for bribing that coach with 500,000 dollars to fraudulently list her daughters on the team.

Through this act, it was supposed to bolster her daughters' acceptance into USC, although they never played the sport. However, Loughlin got caught, and the amount of money dictates the punishment. Another parent has already pleaded guilty for a 450,000 dollar bribe and faces six months in prison.

Withholding Evidence

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Loughlin is currently in hot water as she's been accused of withholding evidence. Discovery materials were not provided in full by the government. These are documents that should be available to both sides of the case.

Loughlin and her husband claim they didn't know they were bribing a USC official, thinking money they sent was for university-approved purposes. The discovery material needed to assure this claim has not surfaced. Whether Loughlin is the cause or if the government's at fault, it's not a good look.

Does She Deserve It?

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Loughlin rejecting her plea deal shows she's confident there'll be no conviction by going to court. Is she innocent or is does she think her fame, fortune, and privilege will save her?

Loughlin says she committed crimes for the love of her daughters. However, the Giannullis did not need to be at USC, nor did they take advantage of the opportunity. Committing these crimes for USC seems like a power play, boosting her family's notoriety for selfish reasons. If that's the case, then Loughlin should face whatever jail time incurred.

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