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Lori Loughlin And Husband, Target Fashion Designer Mossimo Giannulli Plead Not Guilty To New Charges, Now Face 50 Years In Prison

The college admission scandal is not letting up and is actually intensifying for actress Lori Loughlin. On September 13, actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison for participating in the college admission scam but was released two days early. In total, 51 people were indicted for giving money to Key Worldwide Foundation — a fake organization  — in order for their children to attend affluent universities. Their involvement in the nationwide college admission scandal resulted in millions of donations. It seems that the more money you donated, the heftier the sentence appears to be. In Huffman’s case, she donated $15,000; however, she, unlike the other parents, pleaded guilty. One couple is not giving in, however, and it looks like they might have to pay a heftier price because of it. 

Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, Target fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, have pleaded not guilty to another charge in the college admission scandal and now face a combined 50 years in prison.

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The couple has already been charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Last month, they were charged with federal programs bribery, and they pleaded not guilty. 

CNN reports “the new charge accuses Loughlin and Giannulli of bribing University of Southern California employees to get their daughters admitted. USC coaches and athletics officials allegedly designated the daughters as recruited athletes, easing their admission regardless of their athletic ability, prosecutors said.”

While Loughlin and her family seem to be putting on a brave face, sources say it’s actually quite a mess.

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According to People magazine, things in the Loughlin-Giannulli household does not appear to be in cozy conditions, which is a big distinction from what they purport it to be. Their new charges from last month just made things worse. 

“The entire family is in chaos right now,” a source close to Loughlin told People magazine. “They knew this was a possibility, but they thought perhaps it was just a bargaining tool from the prosecution. Now that the charges are official, they are realizing that there is no way to avoid a moderately long prison sentence unless they are found not guilty in a trial.”

One of the reasons, Loughlin and her family have gotten more scrutiny and criticism is due to their lack of remorse, radiant appearance in court, and her daughter’s flightiness on Instagram.

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During her first court appearance, Loughlin walked into the courtroom but not before taking pictures with fans and signing autographs. Her daughters — Isabella Rose and Olivia Jade — seem to be going on with life as usual according to social media. Olivia Jade has deleted some fickle pictures on social media after her mother was charged, including flipping off the camera. Loughlin “donated” $500,000 to Key Worldwide Foundation in order for her daughters to get into the University of Southern California (USC).

The ring leader of Key Worldwide Foundation, Rick Singer, has already pleaded not guilty for his crimes and is facing up to 65 years in prison and a fine of $1.25 million.

Earlier this year, Singer pleaded guilty to “charges of racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice,” ABC News reports. He is scheduled to be sentenced until next spring. 

People on social media are quite livid that privilege white people are getting better treatment from the justice system while poverty-stricken parents pay a bigger price for lesser crimes.

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In September, another school scandal went viral but this time it was because a homeless mom got a 5-year sentence for using someone else’s address so their child could go to a better school. People on social media made a point to show their huge discrepancy between that case and Huffman’s 14-day sentence. 

To make matters even worse, there’s already a movie in the works based on the college admission scandal. 

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According to a statement by A+E executives, the movie, as of now, titled “College Admissions Scandal,” “will follow two wealthy mothers who share an obsession with getting their teenagers into the best possible college. When charismatic college admissions consultant Rick Singer offers a side door into the prestigious institutions of their dreams, they willingly partake with visions of coveted acceptance letters in their heads.” We can totally see Huffman and Loughlin jumping at the chance to play those roles. 

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A 25-Year-Old Woman Was Murdered And Skinned, Then Mexican Newspapers Published Photos Of Her Body

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A 25-Year-Old Woman Was Murdered And Skinned, Then Mexican Newspapers Published Photos Of Her Body

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In Mexico, the recent brutal mutilation and slaying of a 25-year-old woman are spurning conversations about the country’s efforts to prevent femicide and laws that protect victims from the media.

On Sunday, Mexican authorities revealed that they had discovered the body of Ingrid Escamilla.

According to reports, Escamilla was found lifeless with her body skinned and many of her organs missing. At the scene, a 46-year-old man was also discovered alive. His body was covered in bloodstains and he was arrested.

As of this story wasn’t troubling enough, local tabloids and websites managed to bring more tragedy to the victim and her family by splashing leaked graphic photos and videos of the victim’s body. In a terribly crafted headline, one paper by the name of Pasala printed the photos on its front page with the headline “It was Cupid’s fault.” The headline is a reference to the fact that the man found at the scene was Escamilla’s husband.

According to leaked video footage from the arrest scene, Escamilla’s husband admitted to stabbing his wife after a heated argument in which she threatened to kill him. He then claimed to have skinned her body to eliminate evidence.

Mexic City’s mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, revealed that prosecutors will demand the maximum sentence against the alleged perpetrator.

“Femicide is an absolutely condemnable crime. It is appalling when hatred reaches extremes like in the case of Ingrid Escamilla,” Sheinbaum wrote in a tweet according to CNN. According to reports, Mexico broke records in 2018 when its homicide record reached over 33,000 people that year.

The publication of Escamilla’s mutilated body has sparked discussions regarding the way in which reports about violence against women are handled.

Women’s rights organizations have lambasted the papers that originally published photos of Escamilla’s body and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also expressed criticism of the media’s response to the brutal slaying.

In a press conference on Thursday, President López Obrador expressed his determination to find and punish anyone responsible for the image leaks. “This is a crime, that needs to be punished, whoever it is,” he stated.

El Paso Shooter Charged With Hate Crime For Deadly Walmart Attack

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El Paso Shooter Charged With Hate Crime For Deadly Walmart Attack

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El Paso shooter, Patrick Crusius, has been indicted on 90 federal charges related to the deadly attack, including hate crimes. The shooter admitted to having a specific community in mind when he carried out the attack at the Texas Walmart.

The El Paso shooter is facing federal hate crime charges in connection with the deadly shooting.

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On Aug. 3, 2019, shooter Patrick Crusius walked into an El Paso Walmart and killed 22 people, injuring 23. Some of the victims were Mexican nationals who were shopping.

Crusius has now been charged with 90 federal charges because of the attack including hate crimes resulting in death and an attempt to kill. The shooter admitted to wanting to target Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the attack.

The grand jury that indicted the shooter referenced “substantial premeditation” before the attack.

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Before the attack, Crusius spent six weeks buying an AK-47 and ammunition. Shortly before a 911 alert of the shooting, the shooter’s manifesto appeared online. The manifesto spoke of a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.” The manifesto also stated that “if we can get rid of enough people, then our way of life can be more sustainable.”

Crusius drove 10 hours overnight from Dallas to El Paso to carry out the shooting. After the shooting, Crusius gave himself up to police stating, “I am the shooter.” The federal indictment comes on the six-month anniversary of the tragic shooting.

Some claim that the language in the manifesto parroted some lines and sentiments from President Trump.

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While the wording ming be similar to what President Trump has said in the past, it is not known if the president actually inspired the shooter. According to AP, the shooter claims that his anti-Mexican beliefs were set before the president and his campaign.

A memorial has been built at the Walmart to honor the 22 victims of the shooting.

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“This hate crime may be considered an act of domestic terrorism, as have other hate crimes throughout our history, like the violence wrought by white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan,” Eric Dreiband, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, told reporters on Thursday.

The deadly shooting united a community in the face of hate and mobilized a gun reform message from Walmart.

The announcement to change open carry policies for the stores and limit the sale of guns and ammunition was widely celebrated. Gun reform activists saw the move as a way to limit the spread of gun violence in the country.

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