Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli made their first court appearance in months in Boston. They each waived their right to separate attorneys, and will share lawyers in the case that will put them on trial for their alleged involvement in the college admissions scandal.
Latham & Watkins LLP represents both Loughlin, the actress who starred in Full House, and Giannulli, a fashion designer.
A judge warned them that sharing legal representation poses "potential and I think even actual conflicts of interest." Latham & Watkins also represents the University of Southern California, which they allegedly tried to defraud. Still, the judge is allowing them to proceed with the shared firm.
In April, they and 14 other parents were indicted on conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering. The indictments were handed down from a federal grand jury convened to consider additional charges against the parents, who have been charged in a wide-ranging conspiracy investigation. Loughlin and Giannuli have been accused of paying $500K in bribes to get their two daughters, Olivia Jade, 19, and Isabella, 20, into University of Southern California under false pretenses. (They posed as crew athletes).
Because Loughlin and Giannulli failed to make a deal with prosecutors in April (unlike many other parents, including fellow actress Felicity Huffman), in exchange for a relatively light prison sentence, they now face two charges that carry a maximum of 20 years each if convicted. Huffman, meanwhile, is facing about four months in prison, in exchange for a guilty plea.