Lori Loughlin is Facing, Essentially, A Life Sentence for College Scam, Legal Authority Weighs In

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The Price of Business nationally syndicated radio show recently did a segment about the college entrance cheating scandal that has devastated some of America’s most prominent citizens. Two of the most prominent are actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. Huffman has already pled guilty is a “pay for play” college entrance scam and is looking at the possibility of months in prison. Meanwhile, actress Loughlin and her husband, fashion  J. Mossimo Giannulli, have dug in their heels and are looking at decades of prison time for their role in the scandal. This is due to several factors, with the biggest being their unwillingness to take responsibility for their part and arguing they “broke the rules” but “did not break the law.” Of course, like everybody else, they are guilty until proven guilty, but the punishment being suggested by the government is shocking — upwards of 40 years. At 54 years old, Loughlin would be well in her 90s if she were given the longest range suggested by the government.


On the show, host Kevin Price interviewed Lee Kaplan, who is an ongoing legal and political contributor to the Price of Business show. Kaplan told the audience that the idea of Loughlin — whose alleged acts are terrible and not tolerable in an era so sensitive about inequalities — getting as much as decades for such a crime is “nonsensical” when rapists and murderers get out in a few years for their acts. Kaplan goes on to say prosecutors are not “exercising appropriate discretion.” Price added in the conversation that “it is interesting they say that there shouldn’t be a different standard for the rich than the rest of us, but only the rich could be considered for such a punishment because they are the only ones who could commit such a crime.”  He did not argue that this is an excuse, or that she should get off the hook, but that these type of crimes should not be treated like capital offenses.

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What kind of punishment should Loughlin and husband receive? Kaplan argues it should be measured in months and of course include stiff financial penalties.


According to the firm’s website, “Lee Kaplan has tried dozens of cases in state and federal courts, representing plaintiffs and defendants ranging from Fortune 10 corporations to individuals. In recent years he has had two cases that landed in the top 25 verdicts in Texas for those years.  His docket has included oil and gas, construction, securities, antitrust, patent and trademark infringement, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, fraud, theft of trade secrets, shareholder rights, and class actions.  He frequently handles “high tech” cases and enjoys mastering complicated business dealings or scientific concepts in order to present them concisely to other lay people (particularly judges and juries).  Lee also serves as an arbitrator, often named to panels by prior opposing counsel.”


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