Transcript for Lori Loughlin trial date set as evidence emerges in admissions scandal
We're going to get the latest on the college admissions Lori Loughlin and her husband now have a trial date as their lawyers claim newly released text messages from the phone of mastermind Rick singer show they are innocent. Paula Faris here with the story. Good morning. Good morning, George. This new evidence discovered over a year ago but now being released by the prosecution. It gets to the heart of the scandal. Did parents think they were paying for bribes or making legitimate donations to universities? This morning, a judge setting the trial date for Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer mossimo giannulli, despite newly released evidence that they say should exonerate them for their alleged involvement in the "Varsity blues" scandal. Loughlin and giannulli thousand set to appear in court on October 5th after pleading not guilty to charges claiming they paid half a million in bribes to get their daughters into the university of California. Loughlin's attorneys say new evidence proves she's innocent and pointing to messages found on so-called cheating scandal mastermind Rick singer's iPhone. In a message he wrote in October of 2018, singer claims that FBI agents asked him to, quote, bend the truth and change the story that he told clients asking singer to tell the parents their money was a payment or bribe to the school instead of a donation so that authorities could catch them in the scandal. Loughlin and her husband are two of the 15 parents who maintain their innocence. The couple says they believed that their payments were charitable contributions to usc and had no idea they were being used to bribe school officials. Now, of the 50 plus that have been implicated in this scandal, 15 parents maintain their innocence. They're all going to trial. First up Loughlin and her trial will be in Boston. The judge says he expects to have it wrapped up before Thanksgiving but she and her husband could face decades behind bars if convicted.
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