AceShowbiz - Actress Lori Loughlin and the other defendants in the U.S. college admissions case have urged a judge to throw out the charges against them, insisting prosecutors acted unfairly.
Loughlin's lawyers and those representing the other parents accused of trying to land their children top university spots by allegedly bribing education administrators claim the prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney's Office are guilty of misconduct.
They claim the authorities ordered Rick Singer - the ringleader in the case - to call the "donations" Loughlin, her husband Mossimo Giannulli, and the others gave him for colleges they were hoping to get their kids into "bribes". He refused, insisting that most of his clients initially thought they were making a legitimate donation.
According to new legal documents, obtained by TMZ, the various defence lawyers claim the government prosecutors cooked up "a sham", which was "carefully engineered... in an effort to entrap defendants".
Loughlin has made it clear from the day she was arrested she did not know the payments were bribes.
The defence attorneys want the charges against their clients dismissed.
If the judge denies the request, the defendants want all the FBI recordings ruled inadmissible, because they were allegedly obtained dishonestly.