Felicity Huffman’s lawyers to argue that she should get NO jail time because she didn’t mastermind the Varsity Blues cheating scandal as her sentencing looms two days away
- Felicity Huffman is set to be sentenced on Friday in the Varsity Blues scandal
- Prosecutors have recommended she serve a month in prison
- The 56-year-old actress says she should get no jail time because she wasn’t a leader in the college admissions scheme and caused ‘no loss’
- She pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud for paying $15,000 to forge her 19-year-old daughter Sophia’s SAT answers
- Her lawyers will argue that based on the Probation Department’s findings, Huffman’s cheating caused ‘no loss’ to any parties involved
- They’ll also argue she’s being unfairly compared to other defendants in case
Felicity Huffman is defending her name in the Varsity Blues college admissions cheating scandal saying that because she didn’t actually hurt anyone, she shouldn’t be flung into jail, as her sentencing looms two days away.
The 56-year-old actress’s defense comes after prosecutors recommended a one-month prison sentence for the Desperate Housewives star.
Huffman’s defense team reportedly have two arguments to fight for no time behind bars, alleging that nobody suffered any loss from her actions and she wasn’t a mastermind in the scheme.
Her attorneys are going to be leading with a ‘no loss’ findings put forth by the Probation Department. They’ll also argue that the prosecution is drawing unfair comparisons between her and other defendants, according to TMZ.
Felicity Huffman’s defense team will argue she should receive no jail time ahead of her sentencing set for Friday, arguing that she wasn’t a mastermind in the Varsity Blues college admission scheme and no one suffered ‘any loss’ from her actions. Pictured in April arriving to Boston court
Huffman pleaded with a judge through an emotional letter that it was ‘desperation to be a good mother’ that led her to pay for her daughter’s SAT scores; seen with husband William H. Macy and daughters Sophia and Georgia in 2014
Huffman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud after it was revealed she paid admissions consultant Rick Singer $15,000 to forge her 19-year-old daughter Sophia’s SAT answers post test.
Prosecutors recommended that Felicity face one month in prison in addition to a 12-month supervised release and $20,000 fine – a major break from the four to 10 months they had suggested earlier in May.
According to Felicity’s lawyers, the prosecution is citing two dozen old cases where crime ring leaders are handed hard prison time.
Her attorneys say Huffman wasn’t a major player in the college admissions scheme and therefore shouldn’t be sentenced like one.
She’ll also point out that by helping her daughter cheat she didn’t end up harming anyone in the end because Sophia didn’t end up attending college this year.
The Varsity Blues scandal was masterminded by California college admissions consultant William ‘Rick’ Singer.
The plot was outed in March when 51 people including Huffman and Full House actress Lori Loughlin were charged with bribery and fraud for allegedly scamming their children’s way into top universities.
The Varsity Blues scandal was masterminded by California college admissions consultant William ‘Rick’ Singer
The college admissions scandal was outed in March when 51 people including Huffman and Full House actress Lori Loughlin (above on April 3) were charged with bribery and fraud for allegedly scamming their children’s way into top universities.
Instead of jail time, Huffman is reportedly willing to give back to the educational community.
‘She is willing to pay whatever price she has to pay for breaking the law and she is committed to making amends to the public and to the educational community and giving back in a substantive way,’ a source close to the actress told People Magazine.
The former Desperate Housewives star asked through her attorney for one year of probation and community service.
Huffman pleaded with a judge through an emotional letter that it was ‘desperation to be a good mother’ that led her to pay for her daughter’s SAT scores.
Felicity revealed that her older daughter was diagnosed with learning disabilities at a young age and she participated in the cheating scandal to boost her daughter’s scores
Huffman pictured looking weary upon leaving Boston Federal Court on May 13
She also wrote that she’ll feel ‘utter shame’ for the rest of her life.
‘I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot,’ she wrote.
Felicity revealed that her older daughter was diagnosed with learning disabilities at a young age and she paid for the numbers to help her out.
Despite the imminent future, Huffman is trying to put the shame behind her so she can look toward healing.
‘She is focused right now on repairing her relationships within her family and helping put their lives back together,’ a source said. ‘As a mother and wife, she wants to do everything she can to heal her family.’