Loughlin, \'Varsity Blues\' Parents Want \'Sham\' Case Tossed

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Lori Loughlin and other parents caught up in the "Varsity Blues" college admission scandal urged a Massachusetts federal court on Wednesday to throw out the "sham" case against them, saying prosecutors had hidden information that could prove their innocence.
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Loughlin, 'Varsity Blues' Parents Want 'Sham' Case Tossed

Lori Loughlin and other parents caught up in the "Varsity Blues" college admission scandal urged a Massachusetts federal court on Wednesday to throw out the "sham" case against them, saying prosecutors had hidden information that could prove their innocence.

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