The college bribery scandal has rocked the media of late. While a number of high-profile people are involved, two names stick out more than the rest: 90210 actress Lori Loughlin and star of Desperate Housewives, Felicity Huffman. While Loughlin has remained pretty quiet on the subject, Huffman issued a public statement. As previously reported, Huffman said, "I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done."
The 56-year-old star has entered a guilty plea to the court, which might just save her from doing jail time. Federal defense attorney Louis Shapiro told the publication that Huffman's acceptance of her guilt and willingness to own up to the crime is likely to "serve her well."
Instead of the four months in prison that prosecutors are allegedly seeking, Huffman could be placed under house arrest so she could serve out her term at home.
There are those out there who disagree with the length of time proposed, with one Twitter user calling it "White privilege." Huffman, who played Lynette Scavo on the popular ABC series, is accused of bribing a Harvard graduate with $15,000 to give her daughter's SAT answers a makeover. The actress' attorney is set to try and convince the judge that the crime is not worthy of jail time.
Feds will seek 4 mos jail time for Felicity Huffman for bribing her daughter into college.— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) April 17, 2019
Tanya McDowell got 12 yrs for sending her son to the wrong school district.
Kelley Williams-Bolar got 3 yrs & $30k fine for sending her daughters to the wrong district.#WhitePrivilege pic.twitter.com/q1k71HBAyN
Huffman's $15,000 pales in comparison to other bribes brought to light. Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are pleading not guilty in their own court case. They have been accused of paying half a million dollars in bribes to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California. Following on from the very public scandal, Loughlin has lost her role on the Netflix sequel Fuller House. Her daughters have not been back to USC, and her marriage is reportedly on the rocks.
Loughlin has yet to release a full statement on the subject, and dodged questions when confronted by a reporter from TMZ. Fox News reports that if convicted of the crimes, the couple could face a maximum of 40 years in prison, as well as $750,000 fine. Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering both carry a hefty sentence.