Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli exit Boston Federal Court in August. (Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Days after prosecutors published a trove of emails and documents in the college admissions scandal, a status hearing was set in Federal Court in Boston Friday for actress Lori Laughlin, her husband Mossimo Giannulli, and other parents who pleaded not guilty in the case.
The documents and emails, released in a 526-page motion filed Tuesday, show Loughlin and Giannulli allegedly working with Rick Singer, the man who orchestrated the nationwide scheme, to get their daughters into the University of Southern California.
Loughlin and Giannulli were charged, along with dozens of others, in March 2019 in the largest admissions and testing scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.
The pair are accused of paying $500,000 to Singer to get their daughters into the university. They have pleaded not guilty to the original charges, as well as to additional bribery charges filed last October.
They now claim the government is withholding evidence that proves their innocence, and that other USC officials who have not yet been charged were well-aware of the scam. They argue they were involved in a legitimate approach to getting their daughters into college, that universities regularly solicit donations from families of prospective students, and that they didn't know their payments were bribes.
No trial date has been set for Loughlin and Giannulli. They were not expected at the status hearing Friday.
Meanwhile, actress Felicity Huffman, who decided not to fight the charges and pleaded guilty last year, was released from prison last October after serving 11 days of her 14-day sentence.
WBZ NewsRadio's Jim MacKay (@JimMacKayOnAir) reports