AceShowbiz - Actress Lori Loughlin has suffered a blow in her U.S. college admissions case after losing her bid for dismissal.
The "Fuller House" star and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are among a number of parents accused of trying to land their children elite university spots by allegedly bribing education administrators through a fake charity scheme concocted by Rick Singer - the ringleader in the case.
Lawyers for Loughlin and Giannulli, along with representatives for their fellow defendants, filed a motion for dismissal of all charges against their clients in March 2020, claiming prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney's Office are guilty of misconduct.
They alleged authorities ordered Singer to call the "donations" made to his organisation "bribes," but he refused, insisting that most parents initially thought they were making a legitimate donation.
The argument was heard by U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton, who shot down the misconduct claims on Friday, May 8, 2020.
He also denied their efforts to have all the FBI recordings ruled inadmissible, because they insisted they were obtained dishonestly.
The ruling paves the way for the couple to stand trial on October 5.
Loughlin and Giannulli face three separate counts of bribery, fraud, and money laundering.
The disgraced actress has made it clear from the day she was arrested in March 2019 she did not know the payments were bribes.