Felicity Huffman faces sentencing in college admissions scam

Felicity Huffman faces sentencing in college admissions scam

September 17, 2019 100 By Ronny Jaskolski


NEIL: ALL RIGHT, ACTRESS FELICITY HUFFMAN IS BEING SENTENCED THIS AFTERNOON. FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR ON WHAT SHE COULD BE LOOKING AT. THIS IS ACTRESS WHO SPENT, WHAT, I THINK $15,000 TO UP HER DAUGHTER’S S.A.T. SCORES, RIGHT?>>THAT’S RIGHT, YES, THAT’S CORRECT. NEIL: SO, THAT’S A — I’M NOT MINIMIZING IT, A RELATIVELY SMALL AMOUNT COMPARED TO SOME OF THE OTHERS WHO ARE BEEN FINGERED BY PROSECUTORS. HOW DOES THAT PLAY IN TERMS OF A SENTENCING HERE?>>SURE. SO IT IS A RELATIVELY SMALL AMOUNT. SHE HAS OBVIOUSLY PLED GUILTY ALREADY. SHE HAS TAKEN RESPONSIBILITY. SHE ADMITTED TO EXCHANGING THIS MONEY TO BOOST HER DAUGHTER’S S.A.T. SCORES. THE FOR SENTENCING PURES, SHE TOOK RESPONSIBILITY, AND RELATIVELY MINIMAL AMOUNT OF MONEY ESPECIALLY COMPARED TO SOME OTHER PARENTS INVOLVED, SHE WAS GIVING THE MONEY, SHE WAS NOT ACTUALLY RECEIVE IT, ALL THAT WILL PLAY IN HER FAVOR. PROSECUTORS ARE ASKING FOR MINIMAL AMOUNT OF JAIL TIME. I DON’T SEE HER SPENDING TIME BEHIND BARS. I THINK MORE REALISTICALLY SHE WILL GET SOME FORM OF FINES, COMMUNITY SERVICE AND SOME PROBATION, POTENTIALLY. I THINK THAT IS REALISTICALLY WHAT SHE COULD BE LOOKING AT UNDER THE FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES. THERE IS POSSIBLE SOME JAIL TIME INVOLVED. I DON’T SEE IT IN THIS CASE. NEIL: YOU DON’T WANT TO MAKE SWEEPING GENERALITIES HERE, ANY JUDGE COULD GO AHEAD TO LEAP TO MAKE AN EXAMPLE OF PEOPLE LIKE HER, OTHERS WHO HAVE BEEN CAUGHT UP IN THIS. THAT IT IS NOT TO BE TOLERATED AND ALL THAT. THAT SORT OF THING AND SENT GO?>>CERTAINLY. IN SENTENCING ONE OF THE TENETS JUDGES WILL LOOK TO. WHAT KIND OF MESSAGE ARE THEY SENDING TO OTHER DEFENDANTS AND THE PUBLIC AT LARGE THAT IS A PRINCIPLE CAN BE USED. SHE ADMITTED RESPONSIBILITY EARLY, SHOWN REMORSE FOR HER ACTIONS, RELATIVELY LIMITED AS FAR AS WHAT SHE DID, IT IS NOT NECESSARILY GOING TO CUT AGAINST HER TOO BADLY. THERE COULD BE A IDEA THEY WANT TO SEND A MESSAGE. THERE IS OTHER PARENTS STILL CHOOSING TO FIGHT THIS ALL THE WAY THROUGH TO TRIAL. SO THAT IS GOING JUST NOT BE SOMETHING VERY COMPARABLE TO THIS CIRCUMSTANCE. NEIL: YOU KNOW IT’S A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE OF YOUR AREA WHERE YOU’RE A TRUE EXPERT, BUT I JUST WONDER, WHAT IT HAS DONE TO THE COLLEGE APPLICATION, ADMISSIONS PROCESS? I MEAN WE’RE GOING INTO ANOTHER FALL WHERE THAT WILL BE A VERY BIG THEME. I’M WONDERING IF IT CHANGED BEHAVIOR, ALTERED BEHAVIOR? A WINK AND NOD, HELP MY KID OUT BEHAVIOR THAT WASN’T SO BLATANT AS SOME OF THESE CASES, WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>I CERTAINLY HOPE SO. I THINK IT WAS VERY DISAPPOINTING FOR EVERYBODY TO SEE WHAT KIND OF UNFAIRNESS WAS GOING ON IN THIS PROCESS. OBVIOUSLY PEOPLE WERE AWARE THERE WAS SOME FAVORITISM WAS INVOLVED WITH ALUMNI AND PEOPLE THAT HAD CERTAIN DONATIONS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. THAT WAS ALL LEGAL. THIS WAS UNLAWFUL BEHAVIOR AND IT WAS VERY ENTITLED. I THINK THIS HAS BROUGHT MAYBE TO THE FOREFRONT A ISSUE WE ALL KNEW EXISTED BUT HOPEFULLY HAS CHANGED THINGS FOR THE BETTER. IT HAS REALLY SENT A WARNING SHOT TO PEOPLE WHO WOULD THINK OF ENGAGING IN THAT SORT OF BEHAVIOR IN THE FUTURE. NEIL: WHAT ABOUT SCHOOLS THEMSELVES, TO BUTTON DOWN THE PROCESS WHICH YOU MIGHT HAVE COACHES OR OTHERS WHO WOULD INFLUENCE THE SELECTION PROCESS, WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>CERTAINLY SAME SORT OF IMPACT I WOULD HOPE. IN THIS CASE OBVIOUSLY THERE HAS BEEN SOME COACHES THAT ALREADY HAVE BEEN SENTENCED OR WILL BE SENTENCED. THEY HAVE USED MONEY THEY RECEIVED FROM FAMILIES FOR THEIR PROGRAMS. THAT IS STILL UNLAWFUL IF IT WASN’T OBTAINED THROUGH PROPER PROCEDURES. SO I THINK THAT, HOPEFULLY PEOPLE WILL GET THE MESSAGE, THAT THIS SORT OF BEHAVIOR IS UNACCEPTABLE. IT IS NOT FAIR AND DOESN’T REWARD MERIT WHICH WE ALL WANT TO BELIEVE IS SOMETHING THAT THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PROCESS TRIES TO FOCUS ON.