The actress and her husband have been charged with three counts of conspiracy: conspiracy to commit letter and wire fraud and honest service of letter and wire fraud; conspiracy to conduct federal bribery programs; and conspiracy to launder money.
In March, Loughlin, Giannulli and other defendants filed a motion to dismiss the charges alleging violations of the prosecution, according to court documents. They have also proposed that the letters be removed from the trial.
The government wrote in its motion that the delay was partly due to Singer’s lawyer receiving treatment for cancer, which prompted his response to the request for the note.
A lawyer hired by the government did not review the record until February, and Singer’s lawyer also did not respond to requests from the defense.
It was then that Singer’s lawyer and prosecutor decided that his notes were not special and could be submitted to the defense. They were given to the defense several days later, prosecutors said in a motion.
“Through the sequence of events above, the notes were produced later than they should, but the defense did not suffer prejudice,” the prosecutor wrote in part.
Prosecutors argued that “only a few lines” of the record were exceptions to the defense and indicated that the trial start date was in October, which gave defense time to include the record in their strategy.
The defense argued in March, as before, that the government had mishandled the evidence, specifically regarding the recording of the singer talking to the defendants and other records allegedly taken by Singer during interactions with the investigators. They also accused Singer of being pressured by prosecutors as long as his summons was recorded with the defendants.
Responding to the accusation that the government basically tricked the defendants into acknowledging that they understood their payments were bribes, the prosecutor argued that the evidence showed the defendants were involved in the scheme for years before the prosecutors were involved.
Loughlin, best known as Aunt Becky from “Full House,” and Giannulli began working with Singer in 2015, long before Singer began coordinating with prosecutors, the government said in its submission. The prosecutor believes that the recorded telephone calls are a continuation of the ongoing dynamics.
“The criminal intentions of the defendants were clear from the evidence of their actions, and their interactions with Singer, before he began working together – and that evidence corroborated, and was corroborated by, evidence gathered by the government afterward,” the prosecutor wrote in part.
The prosecutor added that their case was more than a bribe; it’s about a bigger error scheme.
“They are bribes, regardless of what Singer and the defendants call them, because, as the defendants know, corrupt insiders ask for money in return for recruiting unqualified students, who violate their duties of honest service to employers they.”
Lawyers for the 14 defendants argue that money laundering charges must be dropped because, by definition, money laundering must be done after parents write checks to the Singer foundation. Whatever money is transferred to test proctors and college administrators after that is not the responsibility of the defendants, the lawyer argues in another new submission.
The singer pleaded guilty to four counts last year.
Eric Levenson from CNN contributed to this report.