Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney, Silva Megerditchian spoke to Yahoo Entertainment on May 21, 2020, in an article titled “Lori Loughlin Could Serve ‘Less Time’ in Prison Due to Coronavirus: ‘That Would Not Surprise Me at All,’ Says Lawyer.” Megerditchian tells Yahoo, “‘In this case, I think the public was shocked about how much time Lori and Mossimo could do — decades in federal prison. This way, the public is satisfied of some ‘reasonable’ prison time being given to the couple, and the government is satisfied they got a guilty plea without a trial.’”
In regards to the possibility of serving less time due to the Coronavirus, Megerditchian states “‘Yes, they could serve less time, but it is impossible to tell at this juncture.’” She goes on to say “‘Plus, let’s not forget we are in the time of COVID-19, so anything is possible. For safety purposes, if there is an outbreak where Lori or her husband is serving, their defense attorneys can always do a motion to the court to have them released early because of the pandemic.’”
“‘The pandemic could have had an impact on their plea in that the government may be more inclined to settle the case for a lesser offer to avoid a trial during these uncertain times,’” Megerditchian states. “‘They might have given an easier plea deal today knowing the process of trial, and getting jurors to appear in court, may not be worth it in the long run. The prosecutor got what they wanted — federal prison time, probation and a hefty fine. And honestly, the defense got what they wanted — only a few months in federal prison.’”
This story was also picked up by Page Six. You can read the article here.
On May 11, 2020, Fox News spoke with Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Silva Megerditchian, regarding a judge’s refusal to dismiss charges in the college admission scandal. The article entitled, “Lori Loughlin must prepare for ‘trial of her life’ after judge refuses to dismiss charges, legal expert says,” Megerditchian is quoted throughout about how she believes that “believes the mother of Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli should ‘prepare’ for a huge showdown that will decide her fate at the hand of a jury.”
“’All defendants are innocent until proven guilty,’ said Silva Megerditchian – who was not involved in the matter.”
“’Lori could legitimately feel she did nothing wrong, and she has a right to a trial with jurors of her peers to ultimately decide her fate,’ Megerditchian continued. ‘We still do not know all of the cards the defense is holding, there may be information and defenses not released to give her confidence that she can still beat these charges.’”
The article goes on to quote Megerditchian, “’There is no doubt that this is a major setback for her,’ Megerditchian said. ‘It sure looked like the prosecution had made some major mistakes in prosecuting Lori and the others – but the judge just did not think it was enough to dismiss the charges. Now, Lori must prepare for the next stage – preparation for the trial of her life.’”
This story was also picked up by Deseret News. You can read the article here.
Yahoo Entertainment reported on January 10, 2020, on the leaking of new details of Lori Loughlin and her husband’s defense in the College Admissions Scandal.
Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Silva L. Megerditchian of SLM Law, who is not a part of the defense team or working with Loughlin or Giannulli, was interviewed in regard to the story.
“The brilliance of the defense,” led by high-profile attorney Sean M. Berkowitz, a former director of the Department of Justice’s Enron Task Force, now of Latham & Watkins, LLP, “is that if you open the door, then it’s not just going to be Singer, it’s going to be the USC admissions policy,” Megerditchian says, referring to the fact that the wealthy have long been making legal financial donations to schools when their offspring is granted admission. “What the defense team is doing here is drawing the parallels. They’re saying, ‘If you’re going to look into my client for writing a check to USC, then you need to look at the big fish here.’ That potential can of worms has huge effects — not just on USC but every private school in the country.”
“Because of that gray area, Loughlin and Giannulli’s attorneys could say of their clients, ‘We didn’t know that making donations to USC and Singer’s charity Key Worldwide Foundation was illegal. We wanted to make charitable donations to USC. We thought [it was legal] because everybody donates to the university — there are halls and whatnot. We had no idea it was wrong,’ Megerditchian speculates.
After all, “A defense is simply a reasonable explanation for what could have occurred,” Megerditchian reminds, “There is no doubt that a huge donation was made, but if this can be seen as a just a simple donation to a university to help them along, then that is a huge defense to both of them.”
And if the fake photos of the Giannulli sisters were never officially submitted to USC, that also bolsters the defense.
“All of a sudden something we thought we knew months ago — the rowing photo — may not be true,” Megerditchian says of getting the first real glimpse of the defense.
Yahoo Entertainment interviewed criminal defense attorney Silva Megerditchian on December 23, 2019, for their “Year in Review” series. The article is entitled, “Lori Loughlin’s daughters haven’t done her ‘any favors’ amid the college admission scandal, lawyer says.” Megerditchian is able to comment on the college admission scandal and notes how Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin have dealt with their cases in very different ways.
“[Huffman] … took responsibility, apologized to the court, apologized to the public, did her time with what I think was no complaints and moved on successfully. Another thing Huffman and her husband did perfectly: They really stay out of the limelight. We did not know exactly what they were doing or not doing. We know that the immediate reaction was privacy, apology and rehabilitation. And they got lots of letters saying: She is not a bad person. She did what she thought was better for her family and she apologized.”
It’s the flip side for Loughlin and her family.
“I don’t think the girls did their parents any favors after the story broke…. We all remember the photo of [Olivia Jade] on the yacht.” Megerditchian is referring Loughlin’s daughter being on a spring break trip aboard a USC official’s luxury boat when the scandal broke.
“Honestly, how does it help their case?” asks Megerditchian.
“The fact that Huffman got any jail time after her admission of wrongdoing does not bode well for Loughlin…. In Huffman’s case, she was the first high-profile parent to accept a plea and get sentenced. She immediately took responsibility for her actions, and apologized both privately and publicly in court. Yet despite her accepting full responsibility and for all her apologies, she still got jail time.”
Yahoo Entertainment recently quoted Los Angeles-based criminal defense attorney, Silva Megerditchian, CEO of SLM Law. In an article entitled, “ ‘Jail time is very likely’: What Felicity Huffman’s prison sentence means for Lori Loughlin,” posted on September 13, 2019, Megerditchian continues, “With Loughlin’s seemingly lack of remorse or taking any responsibility, I’m afraid jail time is very likely — unless she has a real and viable defense to the charges.”
The article goes on to quote Megerditchian:
“But if prison time is what Loughlin fears most, as has been reported, attorney Megerditchian notes the actress might prefer to take the risk and go to trial in hopes she’s found not guilty.
“If she’s innocent, it would not change her strategy to fight,” she says. “However, if she were strongly considering a plea to a lesser charge, that could change with Huffman receiving a jail sentence. Loughlin has to figure that accepting a plea would result in a real prison sentence, so she might as well take this all the way to trial.”
“If Loughlin were to seek a plea deal, Megerditchian points out, ‘it’s never too late to negotiate.’”
“Trials cost money and a lot of time,” she says. “The prosecutors would listen to the defense attorneys’ proposal and counteroffer based on the strength of the government’s case against her.”