Lori Loughlin got indicted for money laundering after refusing to take a plea


Lori Loughlin is seen out getting a car wash after being offered a plea deal

On Monday, Felicity Huffman took a plea deal from federal prosecutors. She pleaded guilty and will likely serve a minimum sentence of maybe four months in prison. Lori Loughlin did not take a plea deal. Apparently, there was one on the table, but because Lori and her husband Mossimo’s crimes were so much bigger and worse, the plea deal they were offered would have been a minimum sentence of something like two years in prison. Apparently, Lori and Mossimo rejected that offer. So prosecutors were like “lol, we’re just going to indict you for more sh-t now.”

Prosecutors did exactly what we reported early Tuesday morning. Since Lori did not cop a plea, the U.S. Attorney went to a Federal Grand Jury to get an indictment, adding charges of money laundering. This now DRASTICALLY increases the amount of time Lori and her husband would get as a minimum recommended sentence.

Specifically, the U.S. Attorney says, Lori, her husband and 14 others will now be charged with the additional crime of “conspiring to launder the bribes and other payment in furtherance of the fraud by funneling them through [Rick] Singer’s purported charity and his for-profit corporation.” The money laundering charge alone carries a maximum of 20 years in prison.

This means if Lori and her husband now want to plea bargain their cases, instead of a minimum range of 2 to 2 and a half years in prison … prosecutors would recommend to the judge a MINIMUM RANGE OF 4 YEARS AND 9 MONTHS UP TO 5 YEARS AND 11 MONTHS.

There’s also a very technical rub. Theoretically by charging CONSPIRACY to money launder, the minimum sentence could go even higher — way higher. Short story … prosecutors are out for blood.

[From TMZ]

This is some for-real sh-t now. This isn’t “oh let me game the system to ensure that my kid gets a good SAT score.” This is multiple federal charges of fraud, bribery, money laundering and more. Part of me thinks that Lori thought she could coast by with her Aunt Becky-Hallmark-wholesomeness and take her chances with a jury who would, she believed, find her sympathetic. But that strategy seems to be blowing up in her face. Oh, Aunt Becky.

These are photos of Lori out and about yesterday. I like to imagine she was being told about the new indictment as the paparazzo snapped these photos.

Lori Loughlin is seen out getting a car wash after being offered a plea deal

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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146 Responses to “Lori Loughlin got indicted for money laundering after refusing to take a plea”

  1. Pringer says:

    What surprises me most is that this woman is not remorseful at all

    • LT says:

      Not only does she not seem remorseful, it doesn’t appear that she even understands the significance of what she is facing. It’s like she thinks she’s just reading a script and this isn’t real life.

    • ojulia123 says:

      Right? I would be hiding in shame. But no…she’s out and about, signing autographs and whatnot.

      • velourazure says:

        She seems to be existing in some sort of delusional state where none of this is really happening. The footage of her waving on her way to court like she was on some cheesy red carpet was soooo bizarre.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      and THAT is going to come back and bite her in the behind.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Just goes to show we really don’t know the person behind the persona. It’s a shame she’s now trying the “faith” angle. I don’t see how that won’t make her look like an even bigger (if it’s possible) hypocrite.

    • Yup, Me says:

      I wonder if she thought this was going to be a “California courts” situation like Lindsey Lohan or Paris Hilton experienced and she was already planning her post prison “Orange is the New Black” pap stroll in some fugly Mossimo brand gear and she misjudged the severity and East Coast courts situation she was actually in.

    • Cara says:

      100% Agree!! No remorse at all.
      I think it seems like Felicity is horrified and ashamed, but this one??? She looked so happy going into court. It’s like she is enjoying the attention and is assuming she is going to get away with everything. GROSS!!

  2. Millennial says:

    Felicity Huffman played this a lot smarter. She shut up and took a plea, will do her time, go on an apology tour, still get good work, and in a few years this will all be long forgotten and written about as something of a comeback.

    I don’t see how this plays out well for Lori. Especially if she goes in for years. She’s not the actress Felicity is, either, so that doesn’t help.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Yeah, Huffman is playing this to save her and her husbands careers. She’s doing the smart thing.

      So for Loughlin, you can see where Olivia got her ‘smarts’ from! The dumb apple didn’t fall far from the dumb tree.

      • Goob says:

        I don’t think Felicity took a deal just to save her career or William H. Macy’s for that matter. I think she had the good sense to know she was in a shit-ton of trouble and did what she could to mitigate her punishment.

      • Megan says:

        I doubt Felicity will serve even one day in jail. She will get a suspended sentence or probation.

      • kacy says:

        The plea deals involved jail time. Fed jails do not release early for overcrowding.

    • Becks1 says:

      Yeah…..she is definitely going to come out of this looking “better” than Lori (in quotes because no one actually looks “good” here.)

    • JinnyBye says:

      Going by the evidence we’ve seen, Huffman’s daughters didn’t appear to have any idea, so she’s probably dealing with as much family drama as legal drama. Her daughters have largely been kept out of the story, but if she wanted to try and fight it it’s highly likely they’d be dragged into it, and that might be the tipping point for her kids ever forgiving her for this mess.

      Aunt Becky’s daughters were in on it and they don’t seem the least bit upset or ashamed, so she doesn’t really have to worry about that. All their careers as they know them are done anyway, so honestly this might actually help them. They way they’re all acting, I could see them being cast as villains in reality tv in the future. It’s not much, but it’s more than slinking away quietly would get them. For them, bad publicity might be their only shot at holding onto a bit of fame.

      • Esmom says:

        If Felicity’s daughters didn’t have any idea, then how to explain the extended time on the SAT? If Felicity gaslighted her into thinking she had a disability, that’s really sh^%%y.

      • FHMom says:

        No. In order to qualify for extended time, you need a medical diagnosis. This usually involves a developmental or neuro-pediatric physician as well as some kind of psychological test. The daughter(s) had to know something was up. At the very least, she (they) would have wanted to know the reason for seeing different specialist.

      • claire says:

        Esmom – good point!

      • lucy2 says:

        With the medical diagnosis requirement, either the daughters knew, or were told they had some medical issues. I don’t know which is worse.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        yeah, I think that comes down to “plausible deniability”. both Huffman and her daughter can reasonably claim that the daughter didn’t know, even if she, in fact, DID.

      • LadyT says:

        I think the daughter knew she was seeing a doctor to get more time on the test- a legal advantage (whether you approve or not) but she did not know her answers were purchased and changed to achieve a 400 point improvement. This is how Felicity betrayed her daughter, referred to in her apology statement.

      • sassbr says:

        I have a theory that SOME of these kids actually do have some learning disabilities or maybe test taking issues and their parents just decided to pay to get them into college because they didn’t believe they could. In the case of Loughlin, it seems like her kids just didn’t give an F and were always partying/away from school/not doing the work, but maybe in the case of Huffman, and probably in the case of the boy in the deposition with the poor handwriting skills, their parents didn’t believe they could achieve better scores without cheating-normal parents get their kids tutors or would have been getting their kids the help they needed all along. The fact that they don’t believe their kids are capable of improving or if they’re genuinely unable to improve, that it’s a shameful thing that they can’t do better on a standardized test or in school-is doing a disservice to their children.

      • Algernon says:

        Did you read the full indictment? It is made very clear there were many tricks to gaslight the kids so they didn’t know what was going on. If the parents didn’t want their kids to know, they paid more money for higher-level tricks. In one instance, a kid completed their test and turned it in, and the proctor had been paid to review their test and revise answers. In another, a kid finished in regular time, and the extended time was used for a second person to come in and fix up their test. Read the whole indictment, many of the parents were going to great lengths to hide this from their kids. And bribes were flying all over the place, I don’t think getting someone to sign off on a “learning disability” would have even cost that much.

      • Some chick says:

        As someone who actually has real disabilities, all of this is some f’n BS and it breaks my heart.

      • M says:

        I actually read the whole indictment because I got sucked in, and IIRC Huffman’s first daughter, the one who actually had the text fixed, knew about it and didn’t care because she thought school was stupid (or something along those lines). Then the second one was studying really hard and the first one was like “Mom, she can’t ever know about this, it’ll break her heart” (paraphrase) and the family decided not to do it. I might be confusing families because when you’re up at 2am reading hundreds of pages of entitled parents that happens, but I’m pretty sure that was Huffman. In which case there’s a lot of motivation to protect her daughter by taking responsibility and not fighting it.

  3. Alissa says:

    I will be honest, I will never understand not taking a plea deal when it’s very clear that they have all the evidence to show that you did the crime that you know you did. not everyone can pull an OJ.

    • Esmom says:

      I tend to think a combination of detail and arrogance makes people think somehow they can beat the charges, even when they’re slapped in the face with them.

    • Some chick says:

      I suspect she has expert legal counsel but is not listening to their advice.

      Attorneys can only do what the client wants. If the client wants to be a dumbass, their hands are tied.

      Aunt Becky appears to be taking a long walk off a short pier. Hard to muster much sympathy.

      Also, on a petty level, I want exactly zero parts of her look here. Ha.

      • TQB says:

        Becks has EXCELLENT counsel – I commented yesterday, my BFF is a Boston white collar attorney who knows him. This has got to be her own doing.

      • Christin says:

        As the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water but cannot make it drink. She and her spouse made a very bad decision by not taking a plea deal.

      • VintageS says:

        I wonder if she’s playing the perky faith angle to see if it helps. She has to understand the gravity especially now.

      • Deering says:

        Yeah, talking sense into her would be like trying to bring Norma Desmond down to earth. Not happening.

      • Mariposa says:

        Yes. I was thinking she either has a bad lawyer or isn’t listening to her lawyer’s advice. With her money, it has to be the latter.

  4. Maya says:

    Because of her, the writers are getting Jesse & Becky divorced on Fuller House after 28 years of marriage.

    They were my favourite married couple 😡

  5. virginfangirls says:

    How much will she ultimately do when someone like Paul Manafort is only doing 4 years?

  6. Jay says:

    Felicity won’t do prison. A guideline range of 4 mo the outs her in Zone A and she will likely be given probation. I’ve had guys in Zone D that I STILL got probation.

    • Algernon says:

      One article I read (NYT maybe?) said the prosecutors asked for supervised release. Isn’t that just house arrest?

  7. BlueSky says:

    I still think she is in total denial of the seriousness of the charges. I also don’t think she believes people like her (white, privileged) will see the inside of a jail. She should have taken the plea deal that was initially offered to her.

  8. IlsaLund says:

    The parents who refused to cop a plea deal know that the justice system is on their side. A judge will most likely fine them and then sentence them to the minimum (if any) jail time. The criminal justice system is set up to protect the wealthy and privileged and unfairly punish citizens of lesser means.

    • aquarius64 says:

      Not if they get a judge that wants to send a message.

    • ojulia123 says:

      I respectfully disagree. This is a very public case with political ties. A judge could potentially ruin his/her career by sentencing them with the minimum.

      • Jessica says:

        Uh, you can’t ruin a federal judge’s career.

      • Esmom says:

        Normally I’d agree with you but we seem to now live in an age where nothing will ruin people’s careers.

      • Chaine says:

        Federal judges are lifetime appointees. There’s literally almost nothing that they could do that could get them removed.

      • VintageS says:

        I agree that these will be poster children to send a message. Judges failed with the Stanford rapist and the Affluenza brat which covered rape on one case and death in other. Nothing the justice system hates more than crimes of money.

      • ojulia123 says:

        I know that he/she can’t be removed from office but they certainly can lose credibility (and receive a whole lot of bad press). This case is too public to rugsweep…or at least, I hope it is.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Given that there are additional charges of money laundering I doubt it, the judge will be under pressure to make an example of them. She and her husband will go to jail, albeit it won’t be for long. Once the reality of jail time sinks in she and her husband will be begging for a deal.

    • minx says:

      Money laundering is a serious charge and the feds wouldn’t bother unless they had solid evidence.

    • Hermione says:

      Lori and her husband are facing serious charges, but I’ve no faith in the criminal justice system. White, privileged people can always get away with crimes that the majority of us can’t. I’ll believe it when I see the judge “make an example” of her.

      • velourazure says:

        I’ll definitely believe it when I see it. White collar criminals gets all sorts of chances to stay out of jail.

    • LadyT says:

      I agree. I don’t need the judge to “make an example” out of them, how about just following the g** damn written law as expected of a judge. It would be a substantial, well-deserved jail sentence.

  9. Jan says:

    She screwed herself. This has gone federal and they will make an example of her now. Should have taken the deal!

  10. mycomment says:

    i’d completely forgotten about the fraud/conspiracy angle and figured she’d get no jail time or a couple of weekends. she’s definitely going to be spending some serious time behind bars now. this is what happens when you live such an entitled/secluded life that you think you’re beyond repercussions.
    real life, honey, is about to kick you in the teeth.

    • Tate says:

      Yep. The way she handled herself walking into court in Boston said it all. She thought she was above the law and would skate through this. Not a good look.

  11. Originaltessa says:

    Obviously she thinks she has a case that she can win. We’ll see what she has. Perhaps the University knew more than they’re letting on? That’s my guess.

  12. Ader says:

    Lock them up!

    Lori and her husband are staunch, Trump-supporting Republicans. They deserve every bad thing that comes their way. And no, I don’t think there is such a thing as a “good Republican” or a “kind conservative” anymore. By definition, if you’re voting for that party at this point, you’re terrible. Period.

    • FHMom says:

      I don’t know anything about them, but I predict some kind of born again or Jesus-saved-me tour in the future. You know she is going to play to her fan base and will carve out a new career as a Christian actress or something like that.

      • Ader says:

        LOL. Exactly. She’s gonna be starring in a Kirk Cameron Joint…right after she gets out of the…joint. (I’ll see myself out.)

    • pottymouth pup says:

      they probably think they’ll get a pardon

  13. Tw says:

    What. An asshole.

  14. Mia4s says:

    Countdown to them getting a new lawyer too. Because they are clearly not taking advice (the “red carpet walk” outside the courthouse? Not taking the plea?) and the client relationship will break down….or….their lawyer didn’t advise them to take the plea/not sigh autographs and they REALLY need a new one.

    The only other possibility I could see is they think they can turn informers. Throw a bunch of their rich friends under the bus for a reduced sentence? But then they’d be pariahs in the social circle they so value. Who knows!!

  15. Dttimes2 says:

    I think she didnt take the deal cause she thinks as a celebrity : oh people love me and they would never send a celebrity to jail. Ummm see Martha Stewart…money laundering is no small thing. She’ll do time in a low security jail, serve a few months get released to home arrest and write a book, then do a tour to sell said book

    • Jessica says:

      “Write”

    • Chaine says:

      I think you are exactly right. The book will be about how a relationship with Jesus helped her through the tough times at prison Camp Cupcake and it will sell like hot cakes and then she will speak at all the mega churches and then she will costar with Antonio Sabato Jr in the next movie about a person that found god.

  16. Josie says:

    If you have not read it yet, this is a MUST READ article. Lori and her husband sound just poster-child terrible:

    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/04/what-college-admissions-scandal-reveals/586468/?te=1&nl=cooking&emc=edit_ck_20190408

    • jules says:

      Yes! I read this, it’s very well-written and jaw-dropping.

    • pk31 says:

      Daaamn, that was a juicy read. Thanks for the link!

    • Darla says:

      My god Flanagan is so dishonest. She makes me sick. If you cannot see the blatant dishonesty and misdirection in her piece, then I…well, I could help, but frankly I don’t have the energy for this stuff.

      • Nichole says:

        Darla, I hate to frustrate you further, but the misdirection is completely lost on me. Can you point me in another direction to learn more?

      • CariBean says:

        Look everyone! Aunt Becky popped in to say hi.

      • Darla says:

        Nichole, watch how she sneaks the qualifier “liberals” in there, and so-called “trump haters”. As if the hedge funders of Greenwich and NYC are huge liberals! Sure! And not a word about the political leanings of Becky and her hubby right? She is a sneak. I was so annoyed I clicked on that. I know her writing well. She is an anti-feminist sneak who traffics in dishonesty and misdirection to further her anti-liberals agenda. You finish that entire article and let me know if you even suspect a freaking trumpster or any conservative is involved in this at all.

        Yes, she is a talented writer. Which makes her even more sneaky.

        @Caribean, not Becky, just someone who can hold 2 conflicting thoughts in my head at the same time, which puts me way ahead of 98% of Americans.

      • pk31 says:

        Darla – I don’t quite see how it’s ‘sneaky’ of her to include her opinions and conjectures in her essay, an opinion piece. I found the facts of the case that she related fascinating and can see the delineation between fact and opinion, which I’m sure readers of The Atlantic are quite capable of doing.

        Edit after your addition – oh ok, we’re presuming all readers are twits who take every written word as gospel truth, gotcha.

      • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

        @Darla,

        Please don’t generalize in that manner. It is both inaccurate and unkind.

      • Jenn says:

        @Darla +1. I don’t keep up with Flanagan (NO THANK YOU) but I do distinctly remember her self-righteous denunciation of *working mothers* during the so-called “mommy wars.” When I saw the byline on that Atlantic link I raised both eyebrows (but I would’ve quizzically arched only one of them, were I in fact able to do so). I haven’t read it yet, but will proceed with caution.

      • Deering says:

        Flanagan is fundamentally a dishonest writer. She loves nailing progressives for their sins, but she didn’t note Loughlin and hubby are Trump supporters. She was an early proponent of that “girls should be modest” crap and is a real classist, to boot. Basically, she’s a good little conservative wifey who longs for the 50s to come back.

    • Marjorie says:

      Thanks for that Atlantic article, Josie. What a great writer!

  17. CharliePenn says:

    Honestly she seems to be enjoying the attention. Felicity looks exhausted and upset whenever I see a picture of her lately. Lori looks like she’s soaking up the attention.

    I still can’t get over how SHOCKED everyone is that rich white people pay their kids’ way through life. On NPR yesterday there was so much pearl clutching. I wonder how these people will fare when they ever learn that we are living in an oligarchy. “Gasp! Rich people stay rich by being rich?! Powerful people pay for their power?! Who knew!!?”
    None of this has surprised or shocked me. Maybe I’m just super cynical.

    • Insomniac says:

      It’s not a news flash that rich people will pay for private schools and counseling and SAT prep and oh, maybe donate a building or two to get their kids into a good college.

      But I had no idea so much flat-out dishonest shit–parents hiring people to take tests for their kids or to help fake student athlete profiles–was going on. Or that it actually works! “Hi USC, I am on the high school crew team and here is a picture of me on a rowing machine as proof.” “Oh, OK. Admit her!”

    • Kathryn says:

      Yeah. Neither one is one to root for here but Felicity looks somber, subdued, like she’s taking this seriously. Lori Loughlin is running around smiling, beaming, signing autographs. My god, even if you are an a-hole who doesn’t care about consequences you think you could at LEAST put on a show of looking remorseful. Idk, maybe save your career? But again, she prob doesn’t think there are any consequences for her.

      • L84Tea says:

        Sadly, I think she’s soaking in every second of this attention. Let’s face it, Lori is basically a C-list actress, so having all this attention suddenly probably feels exhilarating to her.

  18. Lucy2 says:

    Pure hubris.
    The one smart thing Felicity did in this whole situation was take the plea. Her punishment will probably be over and done with and she’ll be trying to get back to normal while Lori & Co. are still fighting it out in court. They’re going to spend a fortune on legal fees, and will still end up in jail, because it sounds like there’s a pretty good case against them. What a foolish, egotistical move.

  19. grabbyhands says:

    I can’t decide if they are really just that stupidly arrogant or they are counting on their rich, white, conservative celebrity status to protect them. She certainly doesn’t have the air of someone who thinks she has anything to worry about.

    I wonder how long until the Big Orange Splot weighs in on how unfair it all is?

  20. adastraperaspera says:

    I’d like to see the corrupt coaches Rick Singer worked with get into the news. I see college sports commentators are largely ignoring the scandal. When I just looked again at the Wiki article on “2019 College Admissions Bribery Scandal,” the scope of the corruption took my breath away–so many coaches, admin and universities involved.

    • mycomment says:

      i’m sure he’s being looked at too… $25 million. that’s a hell of a scam he’s got going. and if the feds are looking at this as money laundering/wire fraud, he’s in for a world of hurt.

  21. Darla says:

    I’m not sure I’m really down with the plead guilty or we’ll charge you with additional crimes and you’ll risk life thingy. However, if the feds ever got me, I would plead. Whether I think it’s cool or not, that’s what they do. Like, not being delusional, can really serve you well in life.

    • Dilettante says:

      I agree. Bully move, does no favours to the reputation of the criminal justice system.

      • pottymouth pup says:

        plea deals are always about leverage like this.
        They’re not just “hey if you’re nice & plead guilty to save the taxpayers some money, we’ll give you less time” arrangements. It’s usually, here’s what you’re facing, here’s what you could be facing, I’m willing to cut you a deal on charges & punishment to wrap this up; otherwise, you’re taking your chances facing all the charges we think our evidence can support

    • The Recluse says:

      Actually, it sounds like a maneuver straight out of a classic Law and Order episode.

  22. Rapunzel says:

    Didn’t they fraud the IRS too, by claiming their bribes as deductions? IRS don’t play…they’re gonna be screwed over that too.

    • Jessica says:

      Yeah, they did. Don’t mess with the IRS.

    • Darla says:

      Another myth. you can do whatever you want with the IRS and skate if you have the money. Just ask trump

      • Rapunzel says:

        Darla, I agree. It’s generally only little fish who have to worry with the IRS. Big fish can buy special treatment. However, I don’t think Aunt Becky will be lucky here cause she’s not anywhere near Trump level. And, technically, we don’t know what sort of tax sh*t he’s been up to, as he won’t release his returns.

        Also, I don’t see the IRS playing around with a scam like this, cause they’ve gotta set an example. We’ll see what happens.

      • Alarmjaguar says:

        I would have said ask Tori Spelling, but six of one…

      • Rapunzel says:

        Alarmjaguar– Or Wesley Snipes.

  23. Other Renee says:

    I still think the only thing to commend Huffman for is her acting ability. She’s sorry she got caught, not for what she did. Her emails were jubilant when she found out she’d successfully cheated her daughter into school. Not a shred of remorse or feeling for others hurt (other legitimate hard working students).

    How did her daughter not know something was up? Didn’t she have to go along with the scheme of getting medical “proof” that she warranted extra time to take her SAT when she knew that was total BS?

    • claire says:

      Re: your second point – wondered the same thing myself. doesn’t add up.

      at least Huffman had the good sense to hire a decent pr person/team to draft that mea culpa apology letter. notwithstanding the fact that Lori is in deeper sh*t, she could have minimized the damage by doing the same.

    • LadyT says:

      Yes, I’m sure her daughter knew she was getting a doctor to say she needed extra time on the test. Happens all the time. That’s not the heart of Felicity’s legal issue. It’s the 15k to change daughter’s answers that’s the problem.

  24. Fiona says:

    I heard on a podcast not to be surprised if any of the children of these parents get charged when there is evidence the children themselves knew what was going on. It was explained that the reason this might happen is because other rich parents would find charging their child a deterrent from doing this type of thing.

    I guess the shame of it all isn’t enough for the very rich.

    • jan90067 says:

      I don’t see how they would go after the kids (esp. ones that were under 18 when this was done) except for expulsion from the uni on fraudulent documentation/scores. Any decent lawyer would maintain they were just doing what their parents said to do, they wouldn’t have *known* how this could be so wrong, yada yada. While some, like Loughlin’s kids KNEW when they took the photoshopped rowing pics, and then got an admission letter stating they got in on Crew teams, they can argue that “Mom and Dad said it was ok!”. Only one I see them going after (other than getting expelled), is precious little Olivia Jade, who is shooting off her mouth in interviews, saying she “never should’ve gone along with her parents’ schemes”. That, and other statements, are going to come and bite her in the butt.

    • B says:

      Seems unfair to go after the kids even if they knew- I mean Aunt Becky’s kids wanted to go to ASU if they had to go to college and the parents wouldn’t listen so how would they stop a crime?

      Now personally I think they should be going after the schools- drag out all their admission practices and frankly prosecute and humiliate those that have bought their kid a spot because the humiliation will stop these people more then their kids getting in trouble.

  25. PlayItAgain says:

    She seems completely divorced from reality. I don’t think she thinks she did anything wrong, and that this is just a PR kerfuffle that will blow over. She’s probably never been held accountable for anything her whole life. Why would that change now?

  26. ItReallyIsYou,NotMe says:

    I don’t give a s*^# what happens to Lori…..BUT this exposes a larger problem with our justice system which is how prosecutors hang the prospect of more serious charges over defendants’ heads to force plea bargains. I particularly dislike the way they use that to force pleas from people who can’t afford to pay a lawyer to defend them. It’s the Loris of the world who can afford to fight. The focus should be on the way that this practice disadvantages the already-disadvantaged. Ok, I just had to get that off my chest.

    • Darla says:

      Yep I agree with this. It seems like legal blackmail to me actually. It’s a very bad practice. I love how people are all over stating as fact that if the feds charge you it’s because they have an open and shut case and you are definitely guilty. They have really bought into the bamboozle. As things stand now, if it were me, I would take the plea because I understand reality, but that does not mean I agree with this BS

      And for me too, this has nothing to do with Becky who I cannot stand and do not give a isht about.

    • Originaltessa says:

      THIS!! We will just keep charging you until you bend to our will…
      Um, what? How about you charge me fairly in the first place and allow me a fair process to defend myself?? This whole thing is messy and it stinks. Lori, who cares about Lori, it’s just exposing major flaws in the system.

    • AngieVik says:

      I didn’t read you comment but I just said basically the exact same thing. Totally agree and sorry I didn’t read that you already made this point before I repeated it.

    • Dilettante says:

      Itisreallyyou….+1

  27. Bubbalouie says:

    Completely unrelated, but wasn’t Lori on Seinfeld, or was that Courtney Cox?

  28. AngieVik says:

    Okay, I’m not defending this woman at all because she is gross, and a big part of me is happy that she is facing more charges now, but I do not like it when prosecutors do this. Prosecutors will basically force people to plead guilty by threatening to add a bunch of charges if they don;t. This to me is prosecutorial discretion. People should be able to defend themselves, if that is what they want to do, and face the same charges whether or not they are willing to plead down. Now, in this particular case, this woman has plenty of lawyers, and she is rich and disgusting so I do not fear for her. But I can tell you this is exactly why so many poor people plead guilty to stuff even when there are clear and legitimate defenses or policy misconduct that should get the charges thrown out. What happens is their court appointed attorneys are overwhelmed and prosecutors bully with this tactic, so they plead guilty to “lesser” charges which gives them a criminal record and really impacts that person’s life. Again, in this case I don’t care, but I do think this behavior by prosecutors is really problematic.

  29. B says:

    What is wrong with these people??!?!?!?! Do they have lawyers? Because honestly I can’t see a lawyer not telling them to be smarter. Or are they so arrogant that they think they are above the law?

    I am just sickened by this entire thing, honestly there are so many smart and deserving kids that don’t have access to all the tutors and guidance that these people can legally provide and then they cheat so those kids who work there but off and have no help are even further screwed.

    I am also sickened by the schools who are so desperately clinging to this idea they are exclusive and elite that they don’t allow kids in that deserve it but will if you write a big enough check.

    USC, the school talked about the most in this, is located in Watts, this is a neighborhood that if is financially struggling and frankly is probably massively under invested in, but in this ignored neighborhood there are probably 100s if not 1000s of kids that would thrive at USC and make that school so much better. But does USC do anything to outreach to that community to get them into their school? No they take bribes and shut out deserving kids from their neighborhood, city, state and the world.

    I hope she gets the maximum sentence.

  30. Lisabella says:

    She didn’t take the deal, now there will be a trial – who pays for the trial?!? WE DO!!!

    • felebel says:

      True, but she’ll be paying for her own high-priced lawyers – who are going to take a nice chunk of her assets – and then hopefully, still end up in the slammer.

  31. me says:

    Where is her husband? He’s not doing the whole “smile because Jesus loves me and everything will be fine” pap stroll like she’s been doing. TMZ has video of Lori with her older daughter the other day…both were laughing up a storm and laying it on thick for the cameras.

  32. felebel says:

    Too bad most of OJ’s lawyers are dead. She could use them for what’s ahead.

  33. HK9 says:

    Bitch really didn’t take a deal??!!?? I’m sure if she took a deal she’d get glorified community service or something. Somebody better get Jesus on the mainline because this one’s too stupid to know when she should throw herself on the mercy of the court. At this point, I’m just lurking to see if they’re actually going to send Becky to jail. (Also hoping this process won’t cost taxpayers too much money)

  34. Chef Grace says:

    Oh please. Privileged white woman will not see jail time.

  35. Deering says:

    Damn. Jack McCoy was really in a bad mood today. :)

  36. Oliviajoy1995 says:

    I guess going and shaking the prosecutors hands last week didn’t impress them as much as she thought it would. My opinion of her has completely flipped since this happened. I now think she’s a vapid, entitled snob who thinks her and her family can do whatever they want. Her and her husband deserve prison time and I hope they get it.

  37. TheMummy says:

    She might very well spend more time in prison than Manafort. That is…crazytown. Don’t get me wrong–she deserves every minute of that jail time. Manafort deserved way more.

    The other night I watched a couple of Killer Woman documentaries (my husband loves true crime stuff, so I get roped into watching it all the time). A woman who tortured her mother until near death, then burned her alive, left her in a ditch, and then blamed it on her innocent father got 15 years for second degree murder. Another woman killed a man who broke into her home and was trying to kill her (and she was pregnant), who ended up actually breaking open her skull in the process…and she got life with no chance of parole.

    The system is so broken.

  38. endlesscircles says:

    Combined with her husband’s dough, this chick has about, what, 90 million in her bank account? I’m sure she’s lawyered up to the hilt, and after my divorce ordeal and learning what time it is with lawyers, it’s a feeding frenzy of running up fees of telling her and her husband a bunch of stuff in terms of “fighting” the charges on so and so grounds. She should have taken straight-up notes from Felicity, was contrite, admitted her crimes, did not go and showboat with signing autographs (the gall!) and copped a plea deal. In the end, this will cost her a bunch in terms of money and time and reputation. Felicity’s statement, whoever crafted it, was well thought out and will serve her own interests after this blows over, and it will — FOR HER. Not possibly for Aunt Becky.

  39. This couple is taking their cues from the MAGA playbook – never admit guilt, gaslight, lawyer-up & go down fighting. Worked for Manafort & his ilk. We’ll see what happens….

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