Former “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin is a pendulum swinging relentlessly right now.
That’s what happens when you’re facing 40 years in prison; your mind operates in weird fashions.
But now Loughlin thinks this will happen in her college admissions scandal case and it is counter-intuitive to everything that’s transpired in the media thus far.
You know the story: former actress Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli allegedly bribed the University of Southern California (USC) $500,000 to admit both of their daughters.
They “donated” the massive amount of money to USC’s Crew Team even though neither one of their daughters are on the team.
Loughlin and Giannulli were both consequently 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.
Loughlin, specifically of the two, has been adamant about her innocence and believes she would win her case against the federal government when all the facts were revealed about the case.
But the “Full House” star has reportedly done a massive U-turn with her confidence in the case and regrets not taking the initial plea deal the federal prosecutors offered.
ET reports a source close to Loughlin as saying, “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.”
However, now she’s perpetuating a different tone.
Now Loughlin thinks she’ll be acquitted on all charges.
An insider told US Weekly, “They believe they’ll be exonerated.”
The source added that Mossimo Giannulli and husband of Loughlin refuses to even discuss any possibility of a plea bargain in their case and that he and Loughlin, 54, are “actively engaged” in their legal defense.
An insider told People, “Lori in particular has become extremely well-versed in the case. She’s an active participant in her own defense, feels like she’s got a valid defense and that when all the evidence comes out, she won’t be found guilty.”
So how did this transpire? Nobody really knows how you can go from thinking “oh man, I should’ve taken that plea deal” to “we’re going to beat this case.”
But to be fair, wouldn’t you be the same way if you were facing 40 years in prison and effectively thinking you might spend the rest of your time behind bars when you could’ve had maybe a yearlong sentence?
They really have no choice but to fight the charges because of the sentence hanging over them. One former federal prosecutor recently called their case “weak.” That’s how bad it has gotten.
The education system in the United States has clearly become corrupt given the fact that nearly fifty people are awaiting trial or sentencing in the FBI’s nationwide probe.
Nobody can really blame someone for wanting the best for their child but this kind of nonsense is extreme.