While their legal teams have not revealed much about their strategy, there is speculation they will take an unusual route to try to beat the charges.
The Los Angeles Times reports that as more parents caught up in the scandal file court papers, “one argument is coming into focus“: "they were just trying to help their kids and were manipulated into criminal activity.”
But wait, aren’t there wiretapped calls and records of payments to the middleman who promised to get the kids into prestigious universities for a hefty fee? Reportedly yes, but one can argue that what they’re presenting is a solid start.
“‘These are parents trying to help their kids. Yes, it is parenting on steroids,’ said Lara Yeretsian, a criminal defense attorney who was part of the legal team for both Scott Peterson and Michael Jackson,” reports the LAT.
Loughlin and Giannulli allegedly paid $500,000 to have their two daughters admitted to USC as crew recruits — the problem is they both reportedly don’t row, so they used what the middleman called his “side door” to get them in. The “side door” would be bribing USC’s athletic director.
But the LAT explains that the couple may throw him under the bus. According to the report: “The couple’s lawyers could play on the fact that [Rick] Singer masterminded the scheme, that they were introduced to him as a college consultant and that, as an expert, he was persuasive. He was the villain here, they could argue.”
Of course, they'd still have to explain why that would cost $500,000. Experts don’t know if this strategy would work, saying if it moves to trial their kids may get dragged into court.
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