Actress Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli, arrested 15 months ago for alleged complicity in the college entrance exam cheating scandal but having pled not guilty all along, have suddenly flipped. Not guilty, not guilty, not guilty, not guilty…okay, we’ll pay the fines and do some time.
They were guilty all along, of course, but were somehow persuaded they’d get a better deal from prosecutors if they didn’t throw themselves upon the mercy of the court. It was always about strategy, negotiations, obstinacy vs. acceptance, etc.
Now the couple will plead guilty and accept relatively modest penalties. Laughlin will serve two months in jail, pay a $150K fine, perform 100 hours of community service and submit to two years of probation. Her husband, apparently the more aggressively contentious in the eyes of prosecutors, will serve five months in the joint, pay a $250K fine, serve 250 hours of community service and submit to two years of probation.