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April 9, 2019
Attorneys for a group of parents charged in the college admissions scheme are accusing prosecutors of manipulating the legal process to get the case in front of the judge of their choice. The defense lawyers criticized prosecutors Tuesday for adding their clients to an indictment that has already been assigned to Judge Nathaniel Gorton. The lawyers say the move is a “clear form of judge shopping” in a letter to Chief Judge Patti Saris. Saris asked the U.S. attorney’s office to respond.

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the case against prominent parents and athletic coaches charged in a sweeping college bribery scam (all times local):

3 p.m.

Attorneys for a group of parents charged in the college admissions bribery scandal are accusing prosecutors of manipulating the legal process to get the case in front of the judge of their choice.

The defense lawyers criticized prosecutors Tuesday for adding their clients to an indictment that has already been assigned to Judge Nathaniel Gorton.

The lawyers say the move is a “clear form of judge shopping” in a letter to Chief Judge Patti Saris.

They want their clients’ case randomly assigned to a judge to “stamp out any perception” that prosecutors evaded the standard judge-picking process.

Saris has asked the U.S. attorney’s office to respond to the lawyer’s letter.

The parents were indicted Tuesday on money laundering and mail fraud conspiracy charges.

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1:45 p.m.

Actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have been hit with a new charge in the sweeping college admissions bribery case.

Loughlin and Giannulli were among 16 prominent parents indicted Tuesday on a charge of money laundering conspiracy.

The parents were arrested last month on a single charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as crew team recruits, even though neither of them played the sport.

They have not publicly commented on the allegations.

The new charges come a day after fellow actress Felicity Huffman and a dozen other parents announced they would plead guilty to the scam .