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 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.
Yahoo Entertainment interviewed Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Silva Megerditchian on December 18, 2019, in an article entitled, “Allison Mack will serve ‘a substantial amount of time’ in prison for role in Nxivm Sex Cult, lawyer says.” Allison Mack, an actress who played in Smallville, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering. She also admitted to state law extortion and forced labor. She was a member of Nvixm, a self-help group and sex cult. Mack founded a women-branding “sorority” within the cult and was one of Nvixm’s highest-ranking members. Mack would literally brand women in the group with her and cult-founder Keith Raniere’s initials.
“Allison Mack is facing a total of 40 years maximum confinement time in the two charges she plead guilty to in federal court,” said Megerditchian.
According to the article, “Megerditchian believes Mack’s defense team will use her emotional confession when pushing for as little time as possible behind bars.
‘They will likely use a lot of mitigation to show Ms. Mack is apologetic and learned from her crimes,’ she explains. ‘Ms. Mack has a lot going for her for mitigation purposes: The defense will likely argue she has no record, was apologetic and tearful in court. That she took full responsibility for her actions, and admitted in court to joining the Nxivm secret [sorority] to find purpose in her life — and was likely brainwashed by its leader and used as a sex slave for his benefit.’
Criminal defense attorney, Silva Megerditchian, was interviewed by the Law & Crime Network regarding the murder trial in Florida involving convicted felon Markeith Loyd. He is accused the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, attempted murder of her brother, and the murder of police officer, Debra Clayton.
Megerditchian spoke to how the prosecution did a great job of wrapping up the case in closing arguments. The jury is deliberating whether the this is a case of self-defense or a crime of passion.