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In this Oct. 4, 2017 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin arrives at the 5th annual People Magazine "Ones To Watch" party in Los Angeles. The FBI says Loughlin has been taken into custody in connection with a scheme in which wealthy parents paid bribes to get their children into top colleges.

SALT LAKE CITY — Lori Loughlin wants to go to trial.

Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were named in the college admissions scandal for reportedly paying $500,000 to have their children, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, be crew recruits for the University of Southern California.

A report from People magazine suggests that Loughlin, who previously starred on Hallmark Channel’s “When Calls the Heart,” feels devastated about how the scandal has ruined her public image. She believes she can be exonerated in the case and clear up the negative press, the People magazine report says.

“Lori feels like so much damage has been done publicly that the only way for her to counter it is to fight this case in court. She feels like once all the evidence is presented, that people will understand how things happened,” according to People magazine.

Loughlin believes going to court could clear her name.

  • “She doesn’t want to spend time in jail, but she knows that any sort of plea or conviction at this point will include jail time," a source said. "Her only chance of avoiding jail is to go to court and be found not guilty.”
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Loughlin and Giannulli are reportedly planning to claim ignorance during the trial, Fox Newsreports. The couple will allege that they didn’t know they were breaking the law.

  • “Everyone has seen snippets of the evidence, but there’s a lot more out there. When you look at it in context, you can argue that this is a woman who didn’t understand exactly what she was doing — and she was being counseled and guided by a man who this was his area of expertise," the source said. "When the evidence comes out, she’ll have a case to make. ... At this point, if she pleads guilty, she feels like the mitigating evidence will never see the light of day.”