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Fri Sep 13, 2019, 03:51 PM

Felicity Huffman gets 14 days in prison in college cheating scandal

Source: NBC News

BOSTON — Actress Felicity Huffman, one of the biggest names caught up in a college-admissions scandal that rocked elite universities around the country, was sentenced to 14 days behind bars on Friday for her role in the sweeping scam.

"I am deeply sorry to the students, schools, and universities, that are impacted by my actions," Huffman said while chocking up as she read a prepared statement.

"I take full responsibility for my actions and as a first step for making amends for my crime. I will accept whatever punishment you deem appropriate."

The one-time Oscar nominee, who came to court holding hands with her actor husband, William H. Macy, will also have to pay a fine of $30,000 and perform 250 hours of community service under the sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/felicity-huffman-gets-14-days-prison-college-cheating-scandal-n1054106



That'll "teach" her...

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Reply Felicity Huffman gets 14 days in prison in college cheating scandal (Original post)
brooklynite Sep 13 OP
TruckFump Sep 13 #1
onetexan Sep 13 #2
TruckFump Sep 13 #3
julie_truly189 Sep 13 #5
onetexan Sep 13 #13
imavoter Sep 14 #23
jmowreader Sep 14 #36
Rebl2 Sep 13 #6
BigmanPigman Sep 13 #14
TruckFump Sep 13 #18
Sherman A1 Sep 14 #27
TruckFump Sep 14 #35
Sherman A1 Sep 14 #39
DrToast Sep 13 #17
Sherman A1 Sep 14 #25
FM123 Sep 13 #4
Igel Sep 13 #9
FM123 Sep 13 #15
Mosby Sep 13 #12
DrToast Sep 13 #16
flotsam Sep 13 #7
SallyHemmings Sep 14 #31
Raven Sep 13 #8
Igel Sep 13 #10
Raven Sep 13 #11
McKim Sep 13 #19
YOHABLO Sep 13 #20
Sherman A1 Sep 14 #26
Polybius Sep 13 #21
jmowreader Sep 14 #22
Botany Sep 14 #28
Raine Sep 14 #24
Captain Stern Sep 14 #29
flotsam Sep 14 #32
Brainfodder Sep 14 #38
Chemisse Sep 14 #30
Kurt V. Sep 14 #33
bearsfootball516 Sep 14 #34
Mosby Sep 14 #37

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 03:53 PM

1. IMO, harsh sentence

I say this because she copped a plea and apologized all over the place.

IMO, the judge is doing this to send a message. This woman was a tiny part of a HUGE mess ... and look what she got. Some of the assholes that Mueller busted got sentences like this and they did far worse IMO.

Edit for typo.

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Response to TruckFump (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 04:01 PM

2. yes she is quite remorseful and doesn't deserve to be made an example of. Snotty Loughlin OTOH

isn't remorseful at all and thinks she can get away with it. She is the one who should be made an example of. Not only did she cheat for one daughter, she did for both, and spent a quarter of a mil at that.

I hope Felicity can appeal this and get the prison sentence removed to only probation, fine and community service.

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Response to onetexan (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 04:04 PM

3. I totally agree.

Huffman did everything right to get probation and community service. IMO, this was done to send a message to others who were involved. Huffman was a lightweight in all of this.

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Response to onetexan (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 04:32 PM

5. An appeal would kind of make her apology insincere?

If they gave her a year in prison, I could fully understand appealing, but a little incongruous to tearfully tell the judge:

"I take full responsibility for my actions and as a first step for making amends for my crime. I will accept whatever punishment you deem appropriate."

And then say, but if I get even 2 weeks of jail time, I take back my first step for making amends for my crime and no longer accept the punishment you deem appropriate

I agree with the prosecution, with the very wealthy - including white collar criminals - its just money and a little public shaming but the minute you mention jail time, it gets serious. She will do the time in a federal minimum security facility and yes, some of them are more like a community college campus, not a state prison which can be hell holes

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Response to julie_truly189 (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 07:27 PM

13. yes she was willing to accept whatever sentencing she got, but it is rather harsh given she has

otherwise been a good citizen, and a philanthropist who helps with various community/nonprofit causes.

See this TIME article re: a Stanford coach involved who received no jail time:
https://time.com/5675949/college-admissions-scandal-felicity-huffman-sentencing-prison/

"But legal experts note that Huffman was less involved in the scheme than some parents, and she paid a comparatively small amount of money in a scam where bribes reached $6.5 million. And the first person to be sentenced in the case—a former Stanford sailing coach who allegedly accepted more than $600,000 in bribes that went to the sailing program—also got no prison time. That makes it doubtful Huffman will serve time."

Judging from the fact Huffman's involvement was light compared to the others, she does not deserve to be made an example of. Loughlin and others who committed more egregious crimes in this cheating scandal should be made examples of. IMV she should appeal and a higher court should reduce her sentencing to probation, fees & community service hours.

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Response to julie_truly189 (Reply #5)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 12:42 AM

23. there's a minimun women's federal prison in Fort Worth

at the Naval Air Station JRB there, in an old air Air Force housing.

Wonder where they'll send her?

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Response to imavoter (Reply #23)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 10:28 AM

36. They send you to the closest prison to your hometown

Since she lives in California, FCI Dublin is her destination.

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Response to onetexan (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 05:44 PM

6. Not only Loughlin

but her husband as well. They will be wishing they admitted what they did, because I see a much longer sentence in their case.

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Response to Rebl2 (Reply #6)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 07:48 PM

14. I expect they will be whistling a different tune tomorrow.

If they don't they are even more stupid than their daughters.

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Response to Rebl2 (Reply #6)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 09:32 PM

18. I am thinking they are looking at 10 years each.

Not sure why I get this feeling, but IMO they are not going to be short timers.

Their attitudes are just so wrong...like they are special and the rules do not apply. Made themselves huge targets.

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Response to TruckFump (Reply #18)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 06:18 AM

27. One hopes

That they get the maximum.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #27)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 09:58 AM

35. From what I have read and heard

The Feddie guidelines go to 40 years each for all they have done.

Maybe they will finally see they are not so special.

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Response to TruckFump (Reply #35)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 01:52 PM

39. I think that's a little light, but

if those are the guidelines, then that is what she should get.

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Response to TruckFump (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 09:26 PM

17. I don't think 14 days is a harsh sentence

It was because she was contrite and made a deal that she only got 14 days. She would have gotten a lot more if she fought it and lost.

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Response to DrToast (Reply #17)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 06:15 AM

25. Agreed

2 weeks isn’t exactly a huge price to pay and it does send a message.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 04:27 PM

4. So Huffman got 14 days for paying $15K to the college admissions folks...

So I guess that means one day (give or take a few hours) in jail per every $10K she spent to cheat the system. I wonder how many days Loughlin going to serve? She paid out a half a million dollars for daughters...

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Response to FM123 (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 06:22 PM

9. More like $1k/day.

Order of magnitude off.

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Response to Igel (Reply #9)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 09:13 PM

15. Oops, typo!

(or could be just hungry-o)

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Response to FM123 (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 07:08 PM

12. How many days in jail did the "college admission folks" get?

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Response to FM123 (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 09:24 PM

16. I've heard 6 months for Aunt Becky

That seems to be what the talking heads are saying if she’s convicted, which she probably will be.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 05:49 PM

7. If I read the charge right

...the penalty is 20 years and 250K in fines. Tell me about how unfair this one is when I see 3 strike convictions over stealing lunch from a convenience store or dying for selling cigarette onesies? Perhaps if they slapped her with 5 years people who buy their way through life might say "Oh Shit".

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Response to flotsam (Reply #7)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 08:00 AM

31. Yeah Boo @#$ing who

She will be leave in 14 days and return to her mansion.

How many folks are sentenced for carrying small amounts of marijuana and can’t get a livable wage job?

I wonder how her daughter feels? Yeah baby, you aren’t smart enough to get in the college I insist you get into.

There will be more than 14 sessions to repair that damage.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 05:54 PM

8. Little harm done, says the judge...what about the kid on the list that didn't get in

because Huffman cheated that student out of a space? What about that? I think the sentence was a disgrace.

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Response to Raven (Reply #8)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 06:27 PM

10. No individual was harmed.

That's the claim in other contexts.

It lowered the odds by a very small number for a lot of kids, but nobody was actually hurt and so nobody has standing (in many jurisdictions) to bring a legal challenge. Moreover, the students almost certainly met minimum requirements for admission.

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Response to Igel (Reply #10)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 06:40 PM

11. So you're telling me that nobody didn't get into that school

because Huffman's daughter filled a slot she shouldn't have? If I'm the kid who was qualified but didn't get in, I'd wonder.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 09:42 PM

19. Rather a Slap on the Wrist

I think it is just a slap on the wrist for the damage that she did to someone who did NOT get admitted when her little special darling got in instead. This is lip service to the idea that this country is a meritocracy. I guess if you are a pretty film star you can get away with anything.
She deserves to serve some substantial time.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 09:55 PM

20. These are just the ''elite'' parents that got caught.

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Response to YOHABLO (Reply #20)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 06:16 AM

26. Precisely

Two weeks is a slap on the wrist.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 13, 2019, 11:11 PM

21. How many days did George HW Bush get in jail for getting W into Yale?

I'm sure he made a nice "donation" to the school.

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Response to Polybius (Reply #21)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 12:38 AM

22. GWB was a legacy admission

They've tightened things up quite a bit, but when GWB was college age legacies - the children of graduates - were pretty much guaranteed admission.

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Response to Polybius (Reply #21)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 06:34 AM

28. How about Trump "getting into" the University of Penn after he allegedly flunked out of .....

... Fordham?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 02:55 AM

24. So the public is supposed to feel real good because

someone is being punished. Meanwhile the high ups at the university who knew about this going on get to go scott free and continue on with a rotten unfair system.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 06:50 AM

29. I wish she'd been given zero days in jail, but a much bigger fine.

What's the point of putting her in jail for fourteen days? What does that accomplish?

OK...she's somewhat miserable for two weeks...so, what?

As wrong as she was in what she did, she's not a threat to anybody else. I wouldn't feel endangered knowing she was still walking the streets among us.

But, after she does her two weeks, her life is going to be exactly the same as it was before this. I don't think that's going to deter anyone else from doing the same thing. It's just not that high a price to pay.

Blue collar criminals do what they do for money. I think the penalties should reflect that. They don't belong in prison any more than drug users do. But, they should be hammered in fines. They committed their crimes for money, so that's what they should lose..... lots of it.

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Response to Captain Stern (Reply #29)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 08:31 AM

32. "Pour encourager les autres"

The phrase is found in the famous (and actually historical) scene of the execution of a British admiral, John Byng, on the deck of his own ship, for allegedly failing to engage the enemy in the Battle of Minorca. Voltaire adds of this:

“Dans ce pays-ci, il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral pour encourager les autres.” (“In this country, it is wise to kill an admiral from time to time so to encourage the others.”)

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Response to Captain Stern (Reply #29)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 01:28 PM

38. I agree, 2M + a national TV apology!

Humiliation is a good CHEAP deterrent?

Have that 2M pay for 2.5 smart but poor students to become doctors.


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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 07:47 AM

30. I think this is fine and an important signal to the other, far worse offenders.

My only misgiving is that it is nothing compared to that poor black woman who is in prison for sending her child to the wrong school district. She should be released immediately.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 08:32 AM

33. I'm not concerned about her short sentence as i am about long sentences for much less.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 08:38 AM

34. Sounds about white.

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Response to bearsfootball516 (Reply #34)

Sat Sep 14, 2019, 10:33 AM

37. How many university employees are going to jail?

For taking bribes?

Fucking Zero.

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