College Admissions Scandal: Actresses, Business Leaders and Other Wealthy Parents Charged

noxibox

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Admitting people to university because they play a sport, but couldn't get in on academic merit is itself a problem.
 

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Admitting people to university because they play a sport, but couldn't get in on academic merit is itself a problem.
No it's not. As long as it doesn't deprive someone who should be there on academic merit. It isn't a zero sum game.
 

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College admissions scandal: Judge warns defendants

Parents including two US actresses accused in a college admissions scandal have been told to be careful while discussing it with their children.
A judge told defendants, including Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, they should take care not to obstruct justice during family discussions.
Prosecutors had wanted the wealthy parents to require a lawyer present.
The first group of parents accused of paying $25m (£19m) in bribes appeared in Boston federal court on Wednesday.
The elaborate scheme, which aimed to acquire places for children at elite US universities, was revealed by federal investigators last month.
In total 50 people, including 33 parents and college athletic coaches, have been charged.

What happened in court?

The first 13 parents involved in the scandal appeared in court on Wednesday.
They were told their legal rights, charges against them and possible penalties for the alleged crimes.
During the hearing, US Magistrate Judge M Page Kelley imposed conditions on all the defendants' bail, ordering them to surrender their passports and not to have firearms in their homes.
Prosecutors had wanted the accused banned from discussing the charges with their children.
"The kids in these cases are witnesses and this could raise obstruction of justice issues," prosecutor Eric Rosen argued in court.
But Judge Kelley said: "I just don't think that's realistic."
More at: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47808530
 

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Second wealthy parent to plead guilty in U.S. college admissions scandal

BOSTON (Reuters) - The former co-chairman of law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher on Friday became the second parent to say he would plead guilty to participating in what prosecutors call the largest college admissions scam uncovered in U.S. history.
Gordon Caplan, who the New York-based firm said is no longer a partner, is among 50 people accused by federal prosecutors in Boston of engaging in schemes that involved cheating on college exams and paying $25 million in bribes to secure their children admission at well-known universities.
Thirty-three parents, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, are charged with participating in the scheme in hopes of getting their children into universities including Yale, Georgetown and the University of Southern California.
Caplan, who along with the others was charged on March 12, in a statement announcing his plans to plead guilty, said he was “deeply ashamed of my behavior and my actions.”
More at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...-u-s-college-admissions-scandal-idUSKCN1RH1PC
 

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Felicity Huffman was sentenced to a short period in jail, plus community service and a fine: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49693193
US actress Felicity Huffman has been sentenced to 14 days in prison for her involvement in a college admissions scandal.

The Desperate Housewives star admitted to paying $15,000 (£11,500) to have her daughter's exam answers secretly corrected in 2017.

She must also do 250 hours of community service and pay a $30,000 fine.
 

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Another conviction (both parents).
Under the terms of the deal, Ms Loughlin will serve two months in prison, pay $150,000 in fines, have two years of supervised release and complete 100 hours of community service.

Her husband's sentence is similar: he will serve five months in prison, pay $250,000 and must complete 250 hours of community service.
 

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Another conviction (both parents).
How the hell are those sentances similar? They both committed the same crime.

Why isn't she getting the same prison sentence as her husband? I bet the loyal adherence of the DIE religion will be outraged that a woman is given a lighter sentence than a man for exactly the same crime.
 

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How others have been sentenced :


 
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