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Boston Globe: Lori Loughlin's Trial to Still Begin in October Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Bettina Dizon
Mar 21, 2020
11:00 P.M.

There is no stopping Lori Loughlin’s trial from pushing through, not even the coronavirus pandemic, ordered a federal judge.

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Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have made headlines several times for being involved in a college admissions scandal.

The accused had already appeared in court and had trials, which are set to continue amid the pandemic, court postponements, and other delays.

Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli leave the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston on August 27, 2019. | Source: Getty Images

Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli leave the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston on August 27, 2019. | Source: Getty Images

ORDER FROM THE FEDERAL JUDGE

Federal Judge Nathaniel Gorton ordered Loughlin’s trial to go on while other pre-trial deadlines for criminal cases were delayed for two months. He added:

“Any motion for an extension of time will be considered on an individual basis and granted only for good cause shown.”

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Lori Loughlin at Build Studio on February 15, 2018, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Lori Loughlin at Build Studio on February 15, 2018, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

During last month’s hearing, Gorton mentioned the concern of the defendants to be a prompt resolution, hence the trial’s continuation.

Loughlin and Giannulli were charged with bribery for paying a hefty six-digit figure to grant their daughters acceptance to prestigious colleges illegally.

Lori Loughlin, Isabella Rose and Olivia Jade Giannulli attend the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries 2017 Summer TCA Tour on July 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

Lori Loughlin, Isabella Rose and Olivia Jade Giannulli attend the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries 2017 Summer TCA Tour on July 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

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To prevent contamination, the royal is quarantined in his palace.

HEADING TO TRIAL

The “Fuller House” actress and her husband are set to appear for trial on October 5. Previously, the couple pleaded not guilty to the charges of bribery, fraud, and money laundering.

However, they remain accused of having under the table arrangements with fixer Rick Singer to make it ween that their girls are athletes entering the University of Southern California.

Lori Loughlin visits Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on December 19, 2018 in Universal City, California.  | Source: Getty Images

Lori Loughlin visits Hallmark's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on December 19, 2018 in Universal City, California. | Source: Getty Images

In reality, the kids Isabela Rose and Olivia have no background in the sport, rowing. The actress and her spouse face a possibility of up to 45 years in prison in the case.

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DANGEROUS TIMES

The decision to push through with the trial comes during the COVID-19 pandemic is causing panic around the globe, with thousands of people affected.

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The deadly virus does not discriminate and infects people from all walks of life, including Hollywood celebrities Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, and recently, Prince Albert of Monaco.

Sadly, the 61-year-old prince became a carrier of the virus despite any travel history. To prevent contamination, the royal is quarantined in his palace.

Prince Albert II of Monaco enters the presentation room for the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2018 bid on July 4, 2013 in Lausanne, Switzerland. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Albert II of Monaco enters the presentation room for the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2018 bid on July 4, 2013 in Lausanne, Switzerland. | Source: Getty Images

His wife and kids are also away from their home and only in communication through social media. Similarly, the royal’s workers are keeping distant from Prince Albert.

We at AmoMama do our best to give you the most updated news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, but the situation is constantly changing. We encourage readers to refer to the online updates from CDC, WHO, or Local Health Departments to stay updated. Take care!

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