Felicity Huffman's 14-day jail sentence shows just how much privilege plays into criminal sentencing
- BOSTON — Felicity Huffman sat expressionless in a packed federal courtroom on Friday, her hands cupped beneath her chin, as she awaited a judge's sentence for her role in the biggest college admissions scandal in US history.
- Prosecutors, who insisted Huffman go to prison for a month, pointed to another academic fraud case last week — one involving Kelley Williams-Bolar, a single mother in Akron, Ohio.
- In referencing the two cases, Rosen said that it was only fair that Huffman — and other wealthy parents charged in admissions scandal — were sentenced to some prison time.
- Out of the 34 parents implicated in the admissions scandal, Huffman was one of 15 people who plead guilty, some of which are facing up to 15 months in prison.
- Lori Loughlin, another Hollywood mother accused in the college admissions scandal has pleaded not guilty — and could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted.
This is the California prison where Felicity Huffman wants to spend her 14-day sentence
- In federal court in Boston on Friday, Huffman's attorney requested that the the actress be allowed to spend her 14-day prison sentence at a federal correctional institution in Dublin, California, a "low security" correctional institution with 1,235 female inmates in Alameda County, about 35 miles outside of San Francisco.
- For example, inmates at FCI Dublin can sunbathe on the weekends, but they have to wear a shirt and shorts, the handbook says.
- Huffman, who was accused of spending $15,000 to have the scam's mastermind boost her daughter's SAT scores, was the first of more than 30 parents charged in the scam to be sentenced.
- As part of her sentence, Huffman will also have to serve one year of probation, pay a $30,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service.
- Prosecutors had suggested Huffman spend one month in prison and pay a $20,000 fine.
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- As such, the less privileged are forced to implore their children to work hard, get good grades, and do their best to stand out among their peers.
- Some people look at Huffman's crimes and ask who the victims are.
- All who follow established procedures, rules and protocols are victims, including the parents who try to do things correctly, and who teach their children to do the same.
- Every child who studies hard and commits themselves to doing the right thing is a victim as well.
- Yet Huffman's conduct following the exposure of these crimes has exemplified grace, contrition, remorse and acceptance of responsibility.
- Fourth, she similarly expressed regret and sorrow to her fans and followers whose good will she depends on to make a living.
- What I'm thinking is that it's never too late to follow a good example.
Here's why Lori Loughlin is facing up to 40 years in prison in the college-admissions scandal while Felicity Huffman, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to 14 days
- Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among the 51 people charged in the college-admissions scandal, in which parents are accused of paying up to $6 million to guarantee their children spots at elite universities.
- The court document said Huffman had also arranged for her youngest daughter to be part of the scheme but later decided against it.
- Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying Singer $500,000 to guarantee their daughters, Isabella and Olivia, admission to the University of Southern California.
- Loughlin and Giannulli were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest-services mail fraud, and they were among several parents later charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering.
- While Huffman pleaded guilty, Loughlin and Giannulli have pleaded not guilty and now face up to 20 years in prison for each charge, for a maximum sentence of 40 years.
Felicity Huffman has been sentenced to 14 days in prison for her role in the college admissions scandal
- Huffman is one of 51 people charged in the scandal, in which parents are accused of paying the scheme's ringleader, William "Rick" Singer, to bribe college coaches and exam administrators in order to get their children into elite universities.
- Wearing a calf-length black dress, Huffman spoke to the courtroom ahead of her sentencing and apologized for her role in the scheme, in which he paid $15,000 to have an SAT proctor correct her daughter's exam answers.
- Federal prosecutors asked a judge to sentence Huffman to a month in prison for her role in the bribery scandal, according to a filing from the US attorney's office seen by Insider.
- An affidavit said that Huffman arranged for her daughter to take the SAT at the West Hollywood Test Center, where her answers were later corrected.