Yes, we’re all sick of hearing about former “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin at this point but there are moments when something bubbles to the surface that is just too juicy to not report on.
Lori Loughlin and her clothing designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were allegedly caught up in a scandal where they bribed the University of Southern California $500,000 to admit their daughters, Isabella and Olivia Jade, as if they were accomplished Crew Team members.
And now a Wall Street Journal member of the editorial board just said the weirdest thing about this whole fiasco.
It’s bizarre how much Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli keep making headlines. It’s bizarre but the news is the news. Ignoring Colin Kaepernick’s desperate attempts to make it back into the league would just be disingenuous.
Nevertheless, they persist because it’s by design.
Loughlin and Giannulli were both charged with mail fraud, but when they decided to take on the federal government, prosecutors slapped them with a money laundering charge as well, which could carry a sentence of up to 40 years in prison. Then they were slapped with a new charge recently that could carry an extra five years.
Loughlin has been unabashed and adamant about her innocence and believes she would win her case against the federal government when all the facts were revealed about the case.
The “Fuller House” actress reportedly did a massive U-turn with her confidence in the case and regrets not taking the initial plea deal the federal prosecutors offered.
Entertainment Tonight reported that a source close to Loughlin said, “She is watching the reduced sentences of those who have taken plea deals, and wondering each day if she’s made the wrong decision. While a few friends have stuck by her side, many others have cut her off. She still feels it’s a huge misunderstanding, but seeing others be sentenced has scared her.”
But some people like Wall Street Journal editorial board member Bill McGurn are advocating for them to be set free.
McGurn wrote, “Free Lori Loughlin,” recently and also appeared on Fox Nation’s ‘Deep Dive” with a handful of experts where he hashed out his argument.
He argued, “I just don’t see how two California residents with children, who are California residents paying another Californian to bribe officials at a private California university, is a crime against the federal government. This federal programs bribery charge… I don’t think that’s what the statute was written for.”
When is the law not the law? Does it only apply to people outside of the Hollywood bubble?
An attorney aptly replied to his response saying, “Federal dollars are at stake. These people are trying to benefit from the federal money that’s going to be going to USC.”
That’s the right response.
Leave it to Fox News to put the nay-sayers to rest.
Fox Business Network anchor Liz Claman agreed with McGurn that the maximum sentence seems excessive, but Claman, whose daughter is currently applying for college, said that Loughlin should be locked up.
Her comment was, “In my opinion, she absolutely must serve time. If you don’t have her spend time in prison as a deterrent for others who’d pull off this behavior, you are saying ‘It is OK to participate in bribery, fraud, falsifying documents’ … These are breaking law issues that people serve time for. I’m not so sure that for a first-time nonviolent offender not to serve jail time means there’s no other punishments or that you’re incentivizing people to do this.”
If convicted, Loughlin and Gianulli will spend the majority of the rest of their lives in prison. We shouldn’t take this lightly and neither should they.