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July 1, 2020 — Law360 reported on a three-hour hearing in front of U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani regarding whether conspiracy counts should be dismissed in the "Varsity Blues" case.

"Federal prosecutors have no business hitting coaches and officials in the 'Varsity Blues' college admissions case with a racketeering charge," Law360 reported that the attorneys for the five defendants argued.

Partner Kori L. Bell, who is representing former University of Southern California water polo coach Jovan Vavic along with partners Stephen G. Larson and Paul A. Rigali, argued, "Here, the government has charged really a sprawling and disjointed group of coaches from different schools, an athletic administrator, a test administrator and [William 'Rick'] Singer associations, most of whom are located in different states across the country and never met each other or agreed to engage in any conduct with one another, let alone illegal conduct."

Kori continued to say that, "there is not a single case that supports [the government's] theory of the alleged crimes falling under the RICO umbrella....The government seems to think that all they need to do is show, 'Does this individual have a general understanding of the enterprise?' That's clearly insufficient."

Read the full article by Chris Villani of Law360 covering the hearing here.