SALT LAKE CITY — Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli reportedly “carefully monitored” the courtroom proceedings for Felicity Huffman, who appeared in court Monday to formally plead guilty in the college admissions scandal.
Huffman was one of the dozens of parents named in the scandal, which included rich and wealthy parents, college consultants and corrupt advisers, according to The Associated Press. She pleaded guilty to paying $15,000 to have someone change her daughter's incorrect answers on her SAT scores.
Huffman was reportedly pretty straightforward during the proceedings, according to my report for the Deseret News. She did not hold back during her plea and, according to NPR, she showed clear emotion about the proceedings.
- “Huffman looked straight ahead, ignoring the phalanx of reporters and cameras as she entered the courthouse to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud,” according to NPR. “Inside, she cried as she explained to the judge that her daughter knew nothing about the scam to inflate her test scores, and that her daughter's accommodation for extra time on tests was legitimate.”
And apparently, Loughlin and her husband were paying attention. According to People magazine, the couple wanted “to glean insight into their own cases by assessing the tone of the prosecution.”
- “Lori is watching Felicity’s case very closely,” an unnamed source told People magazine. “She’s relieved that it doesn’t look like the prosecution is making an example of Felicity, and is adhering to the law.”
- “Her big worry was that she would be treated unfairly as one of the more famous people involved in the case. She’s afraid of being penalized for her fame, but it looks like prosecutors may be making a good faith effort to treat each defendant fairly. “
Flashback: Earlier reports suggested that Loughlin doesn’t think she should serve time, but there’s a good chance she could. She and her husband allegedly paid $500,000 so their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli could be team crew recruits for the University of Southern California, according to The Associated Press.1 comment on this story
In fact, Loughlin reportedly wants to go to court so she can prove her innocence, which I’ve written about before. Loughlin and Giannulli plan to claim ignorance during the trail, according to People magazine.
- “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.”