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Lori Loughlin, other defendants in college cheating scandal, want to review evidence

Actress Lori Loughlin at Joe Moakley Courthouse in Boston on April 3.
Actress Lori Loughlin at Joe Moakley Courthouse in Boston on April 3. (Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff)

Actress Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and more than a dozen other defendants in the college admissions cheating scandal are asking to review prosecutors’ evidence before they file any “substantive motions” in the case, according to court documents.

Lawyers for 17 of the defendants stated in a motion filed this week that their clients “would like an opportunity to review discovery in a meaningful way before filing of substantive motions in the case.”

“Litigating substantive motions in a piecemeal fashion and before defendants have an opportunity to become familiar with the government’s evidence could substantially prejudice the defendant’s ability to make proper legal arguments to contest the allegations,” the attorneys wrote.

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Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to have their daughters designated as crew recruits to gain admission to the University of Southern California. Neither daughter participated in the sport.

Parents allegedly paid bribes up to $1.2 million to help their children get into some of the nation’s top colleges, prosecutors say.

Another actress, “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman, is scheduled to appear in court on May 24 to plead guilty in the scheme. Huffman, Loughlin, and Giannulli were among more than 30 parents charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Sixteen parents who have not agreed to plead guilty — including Loughlin and Giannulli — have also been charged with money laundering.


Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Danny McDonald can be reached at daniel.mcdonald@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.