WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Federal prosecutors have pushed for actress Felicity Huffman to serve a month in jail for her part in a college admissions scandal, instead of just probation.
- In addition, they also argued to the judge that Huffman, whose actions were intentional and ‘manifestly criminal’, should undergo a supervised release after her time in jail.
- The actress had pleaded guilty for paying someone at least $15,000 to revise her daughter’s answers on her SATs.
A filing on Friday stated that federal prosecutors called for a 1-month stay in jail along with a $20,000 fine for actress Felicity Huffman’s role in a college admissions scandal.
Her conduct was “deliberate and manifestly criminal,” wrote the prosecutors who added that she should have one year of supervised release after serving her sentence.
The “Desperate Housewives” star pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud after confessing in a statement that she paid at least $15,000 for someone to change the answers on her daughter’s SAT.
The prosecutors argued to the judge that probation as punishment wouldn’t be enough.
“In the context of this case, neither probation nor home confinement (in a large home in the Hollywood Hills with an infinity pool) would constitute meaningful punishment or deter others from committing similar crimes,” they stated.
They also argued that Huffman’s efforts weren’t propelled by need or desperation, but rather, ‘by a sense of entitlement, or at least moral cluelessness, facilitated by wealth and insularity.’
They also added that kids are being sent to college each year by millions of parents who “don’t buy fake SAT scores and joke about it,” in reference to Huffman’s email which she wrote in 2017.
However, lawyers for Huffman are asking for one year of probation with 250 hours of community service and a fine of $20,000.
In a memorandum, her attorneys wrote: “Ms. Huffman is deeply remorseful for her crime. She recognizes that she deserves to be punished for what she did.”
In her own statement, Huffman wrote: “In my desperation to be a good mother I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot. I see the irony in that statement now because what I have done is the opposite of fair.”
But Huffman isn’t the only celebrity to be caught up in the scandal.
Fellow actress Lori Loughlin and her husband have both pleaded not guilty to charges of paying $500,000 for their two daughters to get admitted into the University of Southern California.