Lori Loughlin Reportedly Wants Trial to Avoid Jail & Save Reputation

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Lori Loughlin
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Welp, if this little tidbit is true, we could see a former Hallmark star appearing in front of a judge (and jury) sooner than later. Reportedly, Lori Loughlin wants to go to trial in an attempt to avoid jail time and try to save her tarnished reputation.

  • Weeks ago, Lori and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

    Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli
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    Lori and Mossimo's not guilty plea came after being indicted back in March with many others on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Initially facing up to 20 years behind bars, the couple rejected a plea deal that came with a two-year minimum prison sentence before being indicted again (this time on charges of money laundering and fraud) that now raises their max prison sentence up to 40 years.

    (Yikes.)

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  • And it looks as if they might be ready to go to trial for possible redemption.

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    ... and to skirt possible jail time, because they're not about serving any time whatsoever behind bars.

    (It's hard enough imagining Aunt Becky in all of this, but here we are.)

  • "Lori feels like so much damage has been done publicly that the only way for her to counter it is to fight this case in court," a source tells People.

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    "She feels like once all the evidence is presented, that people will understand how things happened," the unnamed insider explains about Lori wanting to go to trial. "She doesn't want to spend time in jail ... but she knows that any sort of plea or conviction at this point will include jail time. Her only chance of avoiding jail is to go to court and be found not guilty."

  • Time will have to tell what happens.

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    Maybe the court will let Lori off without having to spend time in jail ... and maybe it won't. This is all still so crazy.

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