A judge is indicating that actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, can continue using a law firm that recently represented the University of Southern California.

The couple appeared in Boston federal court Tuesday to settle a dispute over their choice of lawyers in a sweeping college admissions bribery case.

Prosecutors had said their lawyers pose a potential conflict of interest. Loughlin and Giannulli say the firm’s work for USC was unrelated to the admissions case and was handled by different lawyers, and had some tough questions for the couple.

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According to Deadline, Magistrate Judge Page Kelly asked the couple about “any prescription or illicit drug use, alcohol or psychological issues that could impair their respective ability to understand the risk they were taking sharing lawyers in such a high stakes case,” with both Loughlin and Giannulli stating that was not an issue for them.

At the end of the hearing, the couple reportedly signed a waiver indicating they were aware of the potential conflict of interest involved in using their legal team.

While the magistrate did not deliver a ruling on that potential conflict, Deadline reports that Judge Kelly said she was “inclined” to approve the couple’s choice of lawyers.

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As Deadline points out, Tuesday’s hearing “revealed a glimpse of how the Loughlin and Giannulli and their lawyers plan to mount a defence” by forcing prosecutors “to question what Loughlin and Giannulli actually knew about what the scam’s ‘mastermind’ Rick Singer” was actually up to.

The couple is accused of paying $500,000 to have their two daughters labelled as recruits to the USC crew team, even though neither participated in the sport. They have pleaded not guilty.

Loughlin and Giannulli are each facing more than 20 years each in prison if found guilty on charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, honest services fraud and money laundering.

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The couple’s next court date has been set for Oct. 2.

~ With files from Brent Furdyk