Lori Loughlin’s defense is that she was too stupid to know she was doing crimes

Lori Loughlin: Just a girl who decided to go for it!

It feels like Lori Loughlin and her lawyer have been workshopping their defense in the court of public opinion for weeks now. They have to do *something* so I guess this is it. From Lori’s own PR, we know she’s a faith-based woman who loves yoga and Pilates and thinks this whole “multiple federal indictments and the possibility of decades in prison” thing is merely a family matter. I would call her a delusional nut job soaked in her own white privilege, but I don’t want to alert Donald Trump to Lori’s case. Anyway, her latest defense being workshopped in the court of public opinion is this: she was ignorant of the law, therefore she’s not guilty. This is the equivalent of claiming she’s too dumb to commit fraud. That’s certainly… one theory of the crime.

Lori Loughlin and her husband had no idea college bribery mastermind Rick Singer was going to grease the palm of a USC coach to get their daughter into USC … sources familiar with the case tell TMZ. Our sources say … lawyers for Lori and Mossimo Giannulli didn’t take a plea early on because they believe they have a solid defense on several fronts. First, ringleader Rick Singer did not tell them how he would use the $500k to get their daughters into the school. Fact … they were aware Rick Singer wanted pics of the girls on a rowing machine, but they say that doesn’t mean they knew the end game.

It’s true … knowledge and intent are key elements to proving bribery, and we’re told Lori and Mossimo’s lawyers are making that a centerpiece of their defense … their only intent is to generally get their daughters into USC by using a “facilitator” who got hundreds of other students into colleges.

One big problem … according to the complaint, Giannulli — not Loughlin — sent at least $100k directly to the assistant athletic director. And, we’re told, they have a more basic defense … colleges have horse-traded with relatives of prospective students for decades … e.g., fund the wing of a school building and your child will miraculously get accepted. It’s not only been tolerated by many schools … it’s aggressively encouraged by some of the schools, and parents know it.

A former USC assistant coach is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges in connection with the scandal. The former coach, Laura Janke, allegedly made it appear Olivia Jade was on the rowing team.

[From TMZ]

“Me? Little old faith-based me? I had no idea that a shady college-admissions fixer was going to use my $500K to scam my daughters into college, I HAD NO IDEA.” And in case you needed her latest defense underlined, People Magazine had a similar story:

Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli didn’t fully grasp that their alleged bribery in the college admissions scandal was illegal, a source familiar with the case tells PEOPLE.

“You read the complaint and they look like criminal masterminds,” the source tells PEOPLE. “But they really didn’t know the legalities of what was going on. They’re not lawyers and they’re not experts. They were parents who simply wanted to make sure that their daughters got into a good school.”

The source tells PEOPLE that Loughlin and Giannulli truly believed that their actions were comparable to those of other parents who take extraordinary steps to help their their children get into upper-tier colleges.

“Calling in favors, donating money to the alumni association, hiring consultants. Those are all things that parents do,” says the source. “And so they gave money to this consultant, not entirely knowing everything that was going to be done. When it all fell apart, nobody was as surprised as they were that they were in trouble.” The source continues, “She never intended to break any laws, and if she did, it was inadvertent.”

[From People]

So she plans on blaming everything on that Rick Singer guy, the one who already made a deal with the feds, the guy who actively wore a wire, etc. The feds have taped phone calls and conversations between Singer and an assortment of parents, including Mossimo and Lori. I imagine Lori won’t be able to use this defense when the tapes are played in court. But the bitch tried it. I mean, what’s she going to say? “Yes I knew we were doing tons of fraud, NOT GUILTY PLS.” No, she’s going to play the Hapless, Dumb White Lady Who Needs Help. Someone will buy it, I’m sure.

Lori Loughlin pictured arriving at the TODAY show

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  1. ByTheSea says:

    White privilege is real. She’ll get off.

    • Krakken says:

      She deserves a life sentence for her horrible slogan t-shirt collection.

    • Shane says:

      This has nothing to do with being white. If she was black, she’d still be charged the same. If she was doing the same stupid sh*t, no matter what her skin colour, she’d still be an idiot. She’s going to be convicted regardless of what she looks like.

      Stop making every damn thing that happens to a white person about “WHITE PRIVILEGE”. It makes you all look desperate to inject drama where there is none. There’s been zero evidence of her skin colour having ANY affect on this whatsoever. Segregationists are racist too. Enough.

      • Christina says:

        Shane, it has EVERYTHING to do with white privilege. Yes, class and wealth, too, but dolts like the Mossimos get rich because so many people assume that people like them are upright and churchy-good, and so people like them routinely get away with awful things that make it harder for people of color. Dr. Dre’s daughter got into USC, and he and Jimmy Iovine did it the old fashioned way: buy USC a building and a modern music curriculum out in the open, and he got bashed when he said that his child got in without help. She DID get in without help, just like all of the wealthy white parents who buy wings of buildings and who fund endowments and curriculums. People have STARTED to criticize this system openly, but none of the White families who do it that way have been called out in the mainstream media except for the Kushners and Trump, and that’s because Trump is president, but NO ONE SEEMS to care about all wealthy whites who do it unless they are as openly stupid and cruel as Trump. People ALWAYS look away at white privilege. We minorities look always because it makes us sick and so many whites ask, “are you SURE that’s happening?”

        The Mossimos were cheap about it and greased hands, and THEY KNOW IT, and I know it, and Kaiser knows it, and people of color know it, but people like YOU don’t see it because you don’t have to see it. Your anger about that angle makes me thing YOU are the Innocent-White-Lady-protector drama queen. Where were you when BBQ Becky was kicking black folks out of a park because she wanted an immediate response to BBQing in the park, and then she CRIED because the police refused to enforce the rules because the white lady was bothered by it. Oh, there was a rule. People weren’t supposed to BBQ in that area of the park, but it was NEVER ENFORCED BY THE POLICE AGAINST ANYBODY, but Becky needed it to be. And let’s jot forget about all of the White women who have been in the media lately for enforcing their versions of life by calling little Black girls selling water in front their homes, or calling people parking next to them “N” and telling them not to park next to her. It’s everywhete. Comments like yours indicate that you could care less about people like me, my kid, or my family. We LIVE with this crap!!!! Your comment is offensive.

      • Moyz says:

        Ummm, so you don’t understand what white privilege is, clearly. This is white privilege in so many ways and just because the idea makes you uncomfortable or you don’t quite understand it doesn’t mean that Kaiser isn’t spot on. There are African American women who are in jail for 12+ years for saying that they lived in a neighborhood that they did not, just so their children could go to better/safer public schools. It doesn’t matter how much time Lori Loughlin gets or not…this whole story is filled with her white privilege. The privilege of having $500k from her work on a network that promotes a fantasy of a largely white-person world, to the idea that we would buy that she was too stupid to know what she was doing (rather than assuming her criminality). Her PR of being a woman into yoga and Christianity is part of her white privilege…her white skin allows her to come across to white people as just a good person looking to do the best for her daughters. That is not a privilege that African Americans are afforded. If you look at the media portrayals of African Americans who have been accused of crimes it is NOT “she does yoga and likes to go to church with her family.” I could keep going about white privilege but even you saying that it’s not white privilege is part of YOUR white privilege. Go educate yourself on it.

      • KidV says:

        Shane – you need to learn what white privilege means. White privilege means you get a nice photo in the media along with the headline you’ve been arrested instead of the worst photo they can find to make you look like a criminal.

        White privilege means you get to try your case in public with a PR team and with the media behind you, instead of the media digging into your background to find anything (parking ticket, speeding ticket, jaywalking) and the headline saying you have a criminal past.

        This case has white privilege written all over it.

      • Shane says:

        Give me a break. This is a person committing a crime and trying to play dumb and use her image to get advantage. The end. You segregationists can shout as much racist, inflammatory trash as you want, but it doesn’t change anything. You dont want equality, you want to destroy anyone who’s white because their skin colour makes you bitter and resentful. Grow up.

      • Snap Happy says:

        @Shane – do you know what segregationists means?

      • whatWHAT? says:

        “This is a person committing a crime and trying to play dumb and use her image to get advantage.”

        yes, her rich, WHITE, churchy, yoga image. recall, if you will, Professor Gates of Harvard University. he was locked out of his own house and was trying to get in a side/back door and remember what happened to him. if you think that a white man wouldn’t have been given the benefit of the doubt when he claimed it was his house, you’re delusional. more recently, there was a black man picking up trash IN HIS OWN YARD, and the cops didn’t believe he lived in the house and detained and cuffed him. un-armed black people who are complying with the police orders are tasered/shot dead. ARMED WHITE MASS MURDERERS are (amazingly) able to be taken into custody unharmed. oh, and they get McDonald’s bought for them while in police custody.

        “You segregationists” (PS – I’m not too sure you know what that word means, but OK…) “can shout as much racist, inflammatory trash as you want” (but no one is, only you are), “but it doesn’t change anything. You dont want equality” (actually, that’s EXACTLY what we want) “you want to destroy anyone who’s white because their skin colour makes you bitter and resentful. Grow up.”

        for the record, I’M WHITE. and no one wants to “destroy anyone who’s white” (quit with the fox/daily caller/breitbart/stormfront talking points). I’d go so far as to say that black people’s skin color makes you bitter and resentful (and hateful, apparently).

      • JoJo says:

        The fact that her lawyers have the audacity to use this as her defense is a perfect example of privilege.

      • Christina says:

        To all of the smart, thoughtful, wonderful white allies and women of color on this thread who called out Shane the BIGOT, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You give me hope.

      • KidV says:

        @Shane – “You dont want equality, you want to destroy anyone who’s white because their skin colour makes you bitter and resentful”

        I am white. And I’ve never met a POC, nor read of any here, who are trying to destroy white people. Equality does not destroy white people. Racism does make one ugly, though.

      • kat says:

        lol @Shane is the ultimate white supremacist troll.

      • BchyYogi says:

        My mother is black & says I “pass”. Which translates to white ppl saying all kinds of racist sh*t to me thinking I’m in their secret society. So this white guy, was it you @Shane?, tells me the other day: “I’d vote for Elizabeth Warren except she started promoting Reparations. Don’t black people know slavery happened 100yrs ago, why are they so angry?”…. This always happens to me, usually in a casual conversation with a client, as in this case. So I have to think, “the customer is always right”, then I take a deep breath and TRY to tenderly educate, Dear White People, if you fall from white priv, you just join the rest of us, in the sameness of our humanity, judged not for the color of our skin but for the strength of our character. Sigh.

      • Christina says:

        BchyYogi, I just want to hug you. I “pass” too, so I also get the secret white society crap, and I also have to tenderly explain racism to White folks who really don’t understand how bad it is or the advantages they have. I also acknowledge that I received benefits for not looking like most of my brown and Black family.

      • JennErinMS says:

        I feel like it would blow Shane’s closed mind to know that racism against white people doesn’t exist. Prejudice, yes; racism, no. If you honestly believe the media coverage would be the same if Aunt Becky was a POC then you’re delusional in addition to being just plain dumb. I understand, to an extent, your unwillingness to believe that white privilege exists or to mischaracterize what exactly white privilege is. I’m white and it has been a process to acknowledge the ways in which my privilege, both overtly and subtly, benefits me. In fact, I know that I don’t even realize the many ways it occurs because it has always been a part of my life. If you listen, really listen to people who are marginalized simply for existing, you can’t help but come to the same realization that other white people have. It’s obvious that more of us need to do much less talking and so much more listening, myself included. Yes, it’s been embarrassing and somewhat difficult to acknowledge, however, it’s nothing compared to the struggle (that I could never even begin to comprehend) that POC face every single day. The first step towards fixing any problem is acknowledging that a problem does indeed exist and at this point your denial is nothing more than willful ignorance.

      • Phat girl says:

        Thanks Christina and L. I’ve been thinking a lot about this kind of thing lately. (not Lori and Mossimo, but white privilege and racism) I hear all these opinions from people and I guess it’s only natural for me to want to stand up for the ones who look like and were raised like me but then I get this feeling that something is wrong with the way I see myself and my place in the world but I guess it’s all been so normal to me my whole life that maybe that’s the “white privilege” I don’t understand. No one wants to admit that the way they think or feel is racist so I deny it and explain it away. I don’t want to do that any more. I’m too old to lie to myself and deny that feeling. I’m not saying I have any answers yet I’m just trying to stop that knee jerk reaction of always saying it’s not real or it’s just your problem.

    • Michael says:

      They will try to pack the jury with white people who have money. She could get off completely although I suspect her husband will do time. She will turn on him to protect herself and it will work.

      • HaHa says:

        Wow Shane. What I see are people explaining their experiences with white privilege in a respectful manner. The only thing inflammatory and racist is your reaction calling them segregationist and bitter shutting them down. Give me a break indeed.

        *Spoken as a middle-class, middle-aged white woman who grew up in a wealthy neighborhood*

    • Phat girl says:

      Although I do believe that white privilege is real, I don’t think race has anything to do with this particular situation. I believe this is a side effect of her being a rich and attractive celebrity. I firmly believe if she were a beautiful, rich and famous woman of color she would be in the same boat. She doesn’t feel entitled because she’s white I think she feels entitled because she’s richer, better looking and more famous than the rest of us.
      (Please don’t attack me. I said I think and I believe about all the opinions in my comment. I didn’t say they were facts. It’s just the way I feel. Thanks)

      • Christina says:

        Phat Girl, you aren’t a rude psycho.

        Lori and Mossimo don’t know anything other than white privilege. That’s why they are shocked that they are being prosecuted. It has everything to do with class privilege because of money, but the white privilege is walking into a courthouse and trying to charm the prosecutor, which she did. It is telling your kids that it was okay for dad to lie to his parents by starting his business with his tuition money from USC, stolen from his parents because it was intended for tuition, which he did. It is raising daughters who are happy to share that they are only at USC to go to parties and football games, which is an insult to the kids who got in on merit trying to lift themselves out of poverty or to maintain their middle-class status on their own and independent of their parents. This case is dripping in white privilege.

        If Diana Ross got popped for something like this, MAYBE she would act the same. I would argue that she wouldn’t, because she actually grew up poor and Black. Does anyone know of any African American parents have been swept up in this? I know that at least one Black coach has.

      • L says:

        To all the people saying “race has nothing to do with this” >> race having “nothing” to do with it IS white privilege.

        The fact is, race has EVERYTHING to do with everything. But white privilege is “invisible”, it seems like it transcends racial politics. It doesn’t.

    • WhatNow? says:

      ByTheSea I agree; White privilege is real. On the biggest scale is destroys lives and generations of POC. On the smallest scale it is the “creeping normalcy”, of all small/quiet slights that undercut even the most accomplished POC. Being white it’s one of the realitles that we teach our kids to notice and correct wherever they can. It is a serious subject and families like mine need to hear these perspectives.

      Moving on the fun part:

      Please, oh please oh please…., I hope your 2nd sentence is wrong. As white lady who loves yoga and has a son who just this month was accepted in to college, I want her IN JAIL. I love that Celebitchy keeps covering this….love it.

  2. Jenns says:

    Well, it worked for Don Jr.

    • Lucky says:

      Yep. I wouldn’t be surprised if it works for her too.

    • Ladychef83 says:

      She should have done what most rich people do and just donated a ton of money to the college, it’s a tax write off as well!

    • noway says:

      My thought went to the President. It works for him.

      My hope is this whole thing might change the process to make it just a little bit more fair, but that might be a bit polyannaish. Still hoping.

    • Alarmjaguar says:

      Exactly what I came to say. But THIS IS NOT A DEFENSE!!!!!!! Argh, I hate everything right now — especially because it is coming from a holier than though person.

    • BchyYogi says:

      Methinks “christian-y” white ppl everywhere are taking a play from the donald trump defense book. 1.Deny, spin 2. Throw shame on the shamers 3.What-about-ism 4. I didn’t know it was illegal 4 And finally, it’s not illegal anyway, if you don’t know it’s illegal with haters everywhere out to get you.

  3. Tia says:

    Bearing in mind these are federal crimes and she and her husband have always been pro-Trump, could it be they are more providing a fig leaf for a presidential pardon as opposed to actually trying for an acquittal?

  4. mycomment says:

    methinks lori’s confusing entitlement with stupidity. although I suspect she’s topped out on both characteristics.
    but mostly it’s entitlement; and she thinks we’re the stupid ones.

  5. grabbyhands says:

    As dumb and grasping as this defense is, I can see it working for them. They’re rich, white conservatives – everything is in their favor so let’s hope the prosecutors and the judge stick to their guns.

  6. Alissa says:

    well, I do believe she’s stupid anyway.

  7. Mia4s says:

    Ignorantia legis neminem excusat.

    Look it up Aunt Becky. Here I’ll help: Ignorance of the law excuses no one.

    See Aunt Becky I know Latin and I got into a good college and law school without my parents paying anyone off…because I’m actually smart, not fake and useless like your family.

    • HK9 says:

      Just coming here to say that and you beat me!! Which is fine because you actually know latin. 🙂 And no-parents don’t do what they did. Parents hire tutors, and help fill out forms and drive them to appointments but cheating is wrong in any capacity so no-bitch doesn’t get a pass.

      • (THE OG)@Jan90067 says:

        My sister got a college counselor for both boys, starting when they entered high school, to guide them to the classes they’d need to fulfill, what kind/how many extra curriculars, prepping for ACT tests, essays, etc. If the boys needed tutors, they got those, too. Yes, it cost a lot, but it was a guide tools. NOT wheel-greasing bribes to get them INTO a school. BIG difference.

    • Alarmjaguar says:


    • Fanny says:

      I don’t think she’s arguing ignorance of the law, she’s arguing ignorance of what her money was being used for. It does seem from the indictment that Singer may have presented himself to her as legit.
      Knowledge and intent need to be proven for conspiracy to commit money laundering and the fraud charges.

      • Christina says:

        No, Fanny. She is on tape or email asking Singer, “just send it to the charity?” Singer said something like “yes, but please don’t tell anyone”, and she replied, “of course.”

        Lori knew exactly what she was doing, but they tried to keep the communications simple in the interest of plausible deniability.

        She could still get off as the Churchy-yoga-“she’d NEVER do such a thing” privileged white woman. Mossimo is already being thrown under the bus to protect her image and that of her kids, also privileged white ladies. Young, maybe, but old enough to know better. Singer’s people filled out the online forms for at least one of the girls because Lori called/wrote Singer that the young woman was “…confused by the online application process”, lol. They take days to fill out because so much information has to be gathered, and there are follow up questions for particular schools. My kid just filled out the USC application. You don’t get in if you can’t fill out the forms and can’t write unless someone is paid to do it for you.

      • Fanny says:

        @Christina, I have read the indictment and know exactly what it says.

        During one of the taped conversations, Singer told Lori that the IRS keeps careful track of his charity due to the large number of contributions it receives *and* disbursements it makes. That right there hints that he presented this to her as a legitimate charity – one that is carefully monitored by the IRS, no less.

        Singer told her to make sure to say that her donation was not in exchange for any services rendered, and Lori agreed. That is not necessarily enough to prove fraud or money laundering.

        Anybody who has dealt with the rules of charitable donations knows that the i’s need to be dotted and the t’s need to be crossed in a certain way, and Lori can argue that’s all the conversation was about. The lie she agreed to might make her guilty of one of the minor charges like honest goods and services fraud, but not the bigger ones like the money laundering.

        I don’t think Lori’s legal defense is as far out in left field as some people think.

      • Christina says:

        That makes sense, Fanny. But didn’t Mossimo pay a coach to faculty member directly? Maybe he will be jailed and she won’t be. Also, do you think that all of the evidence is in the indictment? I’m not a lawyer, soIm sumb about that stuff.

  8. Aang says:

    Works for the Whitehouse.

  9. Tw says:

    You know whose career and reputation won’t suffer for all of this? Felicity Huffman’s.

    • minx says:

      Felicity got some good legal and PR advice and she followed it, unlike this dipsh*t.

    • Carol says:

      Felicity is helped by the fact that
      1. She pled guilty and issued a statement taking responsibility;
      2. She isn’t smiling and signing autographs on the courthouse steps;
      3. She is actually a good actress.

      • Other Renee says:

        I am just as disgusted by Fake Forlorn Felicity as I am by Lying Loser Lori. Felicity IS a good actress. She’s playing her part beautifully. She’s still a cheat and I’ll never watch a thing she’s in again. She’s cancelled. She didn’t care that she cheated some deserving students out of their rightful place at USC. So we shouldn’t care about — or be taken in — by the likes of HER.

      • Tourmaline says:

        Plus Felicity did not have a child who was a so-called social media influencer who was out there on video saying they didn’t care about college. That definitely added fuel to the Lori Loughlin trash fire.

    • Megan says:

      I think Lori is actually helping Felicity by sucking up all the oxygen on this.

    • noway says:

      I think Felicity will be harmed, just not as much. Another reason for less career harm is Felicity hasn’t made a living off of her moral stance. It’s just not part of her career.

      You know who wouldn’t be harmed at all though, is if Felicity was a man. They get the big forgiveness redemption ticket if they just admit their sins.

      • Megan says:

        This! A man could just shrug it off.

      • Dee Kay says:

        Oh my Lord, when I read your statement that Felicity would 100% be let off the hook (by public opinion) if she were a man, my heart just about stopped. Because you are absolutely right. UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your words rang so true they shook me to the core.

      • Tigger says:

        Felicity is also helped by the fact they didn’t do it for both children, walking away from the second child’s help.

  10. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’ve never seen so many articles about Lori in my life. She seems the kind of person who thinks all this coverage is awesome sauce.

    • Esmom says:

      I know. I am so sick of seeing her face. I loved Kaiser’s choice of header photo today, though, so unflattering. She probably does love the coverage. Ugh.

    • Megan says:

      She thinks If she wins in the court of public opinion she will win in court.

    • Christin says:

      I had no idea she was this fame hungry. This is her d-list Norma Desmond moment.

    • claire says:

      She’s received more coverage because of the scandal than she has for her collective body of work as an actress.

  11. Dttimes2 says:

    Hey it’s working for Trump and The Grifters

  12. CES says:

    I use to watch this one judge show, I don’t recall her name, but she would always say, “Ignorance to the law is not a defense.” I would say true to the regular average Joe, but rich famous people seem to get a pass at these things. If they don’t get punished the legal system here might as well not exist at all.

    • Swack says:

      Judge Judy, maybe? I would love for her to take this defense to Judge Judy. Judge Judy would rip her a new one!

      • CES says:

        That would be hilarious, but no it wasn’t Judge Judy. This particular judge was African American. I just don’t remember her name or the show’s name. I don’t have cable anymore so I can’t tune in

  13. Erinn says:

    I was talking to my parents about this over Easter. I’m of the mindset that she should burn for this, and they are too.

    But like other people have brought up – IF you’re going to cheat the system, at least when wings and equipment and scholarships and programs are created MORE people benefit. To do it the way she did it is extra reprehensible because of that. Either way – it’s shady as hell – but at least when other students are benefiting there’s SOMETHING positive that comes out of a negative act.

    But it doesn’t surprise me at all that she’s this selfish, this stupid, and this arrogant.

    • Christina says:

      Exactly, Erin . The Giannullis were cheap. They wanted their reward without paying the societal costs that have been set up to aid people who aren’t like them.

    • Dee Kay says:

      I work at a university and would seriously LOVE IT if more wealthy folks “bought their kids’ way into college” by funding new buildings, endowing faculty lines, creating grants for public programming or arts or tech fairs that people could go to, etc. I mean, as long as their children aren’t complete and utter trash, I am definitely willing to take these kids on as students AND have that funding go to important, really necessary initiatives on the campus that will augment thousands of students’ educational experiences.

  14. Franny says:

    I would love to see this defense work for kids who have emotional or mental disorders and are sentenced to prison. But her? Not so much.

  15. Christin says:

    This aligns with one of my personal theories once it was clear she was going all in. She’ll play the “but I never attended college and didn’t know” card. She may even turn her child modeling into some kind of forced labor story (who knows).

    Kind of like this: “My parents wanted me to go into modeling as a child and I was personally never able to fulfill any other educational aspirations…” Poor little 55-year-old Becky. She just didn’t know better!

  16. launicaangelina says:

    This bitch. That’s all I’ve got.

    • stormsmama says:

      “They were parents who simply wanted to make sure that their daughters got into a good school.”
      This bitch exactly

  17. Veronica S. says:

    Considering they have audio of her discussing how to “donate” the money for a tax write off, I find that unlikely. I stress that I think the money laundering is what’s going to really get them at the end.

  18. Maggi says:

    Having completed 3 degrees and taught at several universities, it has been my experience that admission to university is the very least significant event in higher education.
    Successful admission to university gives you the right to work hard.
    That’s it.
    There is no magical lab where information is passively piped into your brain, you have to actually seek and interact with ideas.
    Were these parents going to pay for a surrogate student to attend classes, write papers, do small group work and present on what was learned?
    I am both intrigued and baffled by what looks to be an exercise in what unintelligent people think higher education is about.

    • Christin says:

      One daughter was apparently using college as a set to shill products. If OJ could not make the grades and do the actual college course work, it is a good question what would have happened next. Would she/they continue a ruse so she could “influence” college students?

      It certainly does not seem well thought out.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      “Were these parents going to pay for a surrogate student to attend classes, write papers, do small group work and present on what was learned?”

      parents do, in fact, do this exactly. just after this news hit the papers/internet, there was a great essay written by a (now) professional writer, who described how she paid the bills before she made her name writing. a LOT of people who want to be professional writers do this. yes, the parents hire someone to write the essays to get them in, to write the papers for classes, to take the tests, to write/prepare the presentation with coaching for the “student” to do the presentation…all of it.

      if you’ve taught at several universities, the chances that you received work done by someone other than the student is likely.

      • Other Renee says:

        You raise a good point. How was this entitled brat passing her classes? If she flunked out in the Fall semester, she’d be on probation this term.

      • Maggi says:

        yikes, I believe you’re right but then what? A cohort of “university grads” without critical thinking skills.
        we all see Rome burning, don’t we?

  19. Case says:

    I seem to recall reading emails between these two and Singer that pretty clearly indicated that they knew exactly what they were doing.

  20. agnes says:

    ” I would call her a delusional nut job soaked in her own white privilege, but I don’t want to alert Donald Trump to Lori’s case.”

    <- *dead*

  21. FluffyPrincess says:

    I’m going low on this one: Bish! STFU! You knew exactly what you were doing!! All those fake “crew” pix that were photoshopped–you didn’t know that was wrong? Really?? STFU!! Setting up a fake charity so you could get a tax write off — but you were too dumb to know? Bish, that is next level fraud and cheating–get the F out of here– WE SEE YOU.

  22. JanetFerber says:

    Fluffy Princess, I get your outrage, but I still think she’ll get off. Remember the “affluenza” defense that worked for that remorseless, multiple dui little creep who killed FOUR people while drunk driving? Hell, it worked. That’s just one example (and there are so many more) of moneyed people avoiding justice with their bucks.

    • FluffyPrincess says:

      Janet — I totally think their money and “affluenza” will work for her, too. “Omg! We just CAN’T send Aunt Becky to jail! Oh nooooeeees!!! She said she was sorry!” UGH. That’s what gets me so worked up–anyone else: jail, jail, jail and more jail. But she’s famous, rich and white (I’m white too), and her “I didn’t knoooooow.” Will go far with a lot of jurors and the public. It’s just disgusting.

  23. kim says:

    Ignorance is not a defense.

    it’s not “making an example of” when you prosecute someone for committing several crimes. It’s called justice.

  24. Diane says:

    Ahhh, the trending Donald Trump Jr. was too stupid to know the Russians were bad guys defense.

  25. Oliviajoy1995 says:

    What did she do? Read the Mueller report and read the part about not indicting Trump Jr and Kushner because they were too stupid to know they were breaking the law and thought she’d apply that to her own defense? She’s insufferable.

  26. Sharon Lea says:

    Is this the running list her defense team has floated so far? Let me know if I left any out:
    1) We didn’t do anything; plead innocent
    2) Lots of parents do this type of thing
    3) We want the case moved to another judge
    4) Mossimo is a bad husband, her friends don’t like him – shift blame to hubby
    5) Lori is a Mama Bear, will somehow protect her daughters from jail time
    5) We had no idea this was illegal; we were ignorant of the law

  27. Jodi says:

    Unfortunately for her and her husband, ignorance of the law is not a defense.

  28. Bosandi says:

    In an odd way I believe her. She’s so entitled that it never occurred to her this is wrong. Now that doesn’t absolve anything. It only proves she’s stupid and a criminal. She should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

  29. Susan says:

    Intent doesn’t mean knowing what you are doing is breaking the law. Intent is just doing something with intent to do it. She intended to give the money to the admissions person or the coach or whomever with the intent that it be used to get her daughters into the school. The fact that those actions add up to bribery isn’t something Lori had to know.

    This woman is exhausting in both her privilege and her gall.

  30. Ramona Q. says:

    The idea that she would give FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS to ANYONE without knowing EXACTLY what it’s for is staggering BS.

  31. Holly hobby says:

    Did she wear that T-shirt recently? Talk about clueless. Honey, you should really shut the trap until the discovery process ends. Who knows what kind of evidence the feds have?

    She’s the only holdover parent doing a slow leak about this. I have not heard any comments from local parents ensnared in this case. Her attys and Pr rep are horrible. If she loses I bet she’ll appeal and say she had incompetent counsel.