TMZ’s Harvey Levin Says Lori Loughlin Has “A Good Defense:” Here’s Why

Unlike many of her fellow bribers – currently pleading guilty to charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering in connection to the college admissions scandalLori Loughlin has pleaded not guilty.

Spending $500,000 to get two daughters into USC – on the pretense that they were crew recruits – would result in severe prison time and steep fines (if Loughlin and Giannulli are found guilty). Unlike Felicity Huffman, who is still wrong – but only paid $15,000 – if Loughlin pleads guilty, she’s looking at several years away from her children.

Lori Loughlin
Lori Loughlin |Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images

Most of the public believes that Loughlin has no chance of winning this case, given that her defense would have to rest on grand unawareness or a lack of full understanding regarding the law, which is not an excuse for violating it. However, TMZ host and former lawyer Harvey Levin seems to believe that she may, surprisingly, have a strong defense on her hands. He proceeded to explain why on an episode of the tabloid news show.

Harvey Levin explains Lori Loughlin’s “good defense”

Harvey Levin explains that why most people feel it’s only a matter of time until Lori Loughlin “cops a plea,” he feels the majority is “wrong on this” one and goes on to state the following:

“Lori Loughlin has a good defense here, and this case could go to trial. And, here’s the reason: If a coach goes to a professor and says, ‘I have a star athlete who didn’t go to classes, and doesn’t deserve to pass, but will you pass him?’ That’s wrong, but it happens. And, it’s also not a crime. So, given that, if a parent of that athlete gives the coach 100 bucks to do that, if the act is not a crime, the $100 should not be bribery. And so, when you take that a couple of steps further and talk about Lori Loughlin allegedly giving a coach money to say ‘hey she was on the crew team,’ it’s wrong to do, but is it a crime? Is it really different from getting athletes through a school where they shouldn’t get through? And, if you buy that, then how do you have mail fraud and wire fraud and money laundering if the act itself is not illegal? Point being, Lori Loughlin may have a defense…”


Whether or not Harvey Levin believes Lori Loughlin is innocent is not the question here, it’s whether he’s right in stating that she may win this case. And if so, what would that say about the prosecution? Going even further, what message would that send to the public about the power money and influence retain over the law in this nation?

If Lori Loughlin is found guilty, how many years will she face in prison?

If Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are found guilty, they could each face up to forty years in prison, according to Fox News. They could face a maximum of 20 years each for the two significant crimes committed: fraud and money laundering.

Given that Lori Loughlin and her husband would be looking at lives behind bars, it’s no surprise that Loughlin has pleaded not guilty. Unlike many others involved in the college admissions scandal, her bribe was a bit steeper, and her punishment would be more severe.

In addition to their prison terms, their charges could reach a maximum fine of $750,000K; however, given all the money they put out to commit this illegal act, we’re sure the two would have no issue taking care of the financial side of things.

Whatever happens, If Lori Loughlin gets out of this one on the reasoning Levin stated above, many will not be too happy with our nation’s legal system.