'Varsity Blues' Ruling Reopens Fight For Leader's Testimony

By Brian Dowling (October 26, 2021, 7:18 PM EDT) -- The federal judge overseeing the second "Varsity Blues" trial has rekindled a battle over whether prosecutors will need to bring the scheme's ringleader into court to testify in order for a jury to hear wiretapped calls implicating defendants in the sprawling college admissions case.

Experts say the government likely hopes to avoid calling William "Rick" Singer, a cooperating witness and admitted liar who was notably absent from the first "Varsity Blues" trial, which was won by prosecutors in a clean-sweep verdict this month.

But U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani ruled Monday that prosecutors must show Singer consented to the critical wiretap on...

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