Lori Loughlin thinks going to trial and having the opportunity to tell her side of the story will save her reputation, according to a report in People. Her husband, who has also been accused of paying $500K to grease the wheels at University of Southern Cal so their daughters Olivia Jade and Bella could gain entrance, also wants to take the stand.

Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli are among 50 parents and coaches who have been swept up in the college admissions scandal. They have both pleaded not guilty. Felicity Huffman, the other high-profile celeb implicated, has pleaded guilty and issued a heartfelt mea culpa for paying $15K to help her daughter get into school.

“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,” the source tells People. “She feels like once all the evidence is presented, that people will understand how things happened.”

She is also desperate to avoid jail at all costs. “She doesn’t want to spend time in jail,” the source says, “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.”

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Huffman will formally plead guilty on May 13th, according to reports. The Desperate Housewives star was set to enter a plea May 21st, but Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley agreed Monday to move up the hearing.

An initial status hearing for all parents set to fight charges is set for June 3rd.