No denial, but maybe bargaining

Actress Felicity Huffman really doesn’t want to go to jail:

Felicity Huffman, 56, doesn’t regret agreeing to plead guilty to her role in the college admissions scandal, even if that leaves the judge to decide if she should be served with prison time. “Felicity felt a sense of relief by pleading guilty to her charge,” a source close to the Desperate Housewives star EXCLUSIVELY tells HollywoodLife. “She believed that by accepting full responsibility and taking ownership over what she did wrong, that she hopefully would have been able to avoid any prison time.” After agreeing to plead guilty on April 10, prosecutors still argued for a four to 10 month prison sentence for the actress, who will take accountability for one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest-services mail fraud, according to The New York Times.

With your daily dose of outrage, here’s the lovely and talented AOC:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., blasted the justice system amid reports actress Felicity Huffman may get a lighter prison sentence for her part in the college admissions bribery scam.

Huffman, 56, agreed earlier this month that she will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy and fraud for paying a consultant $15,000 disguised as a charitable donation to boost her daughter’s SAT score.

Ocasio-Cortez reacted to a tweet that said though the sentencing guideline is four to 10 months of jail time, prosecutors “will make a recommendation for the lower end of that range and will allow Huffman to argue for a 0-6 month range.”

The freshman congresswoman said the U.S. justice system “criminalizes poverty + disproportionately targets race, yet routinely pardons large-scale crimes of wealth and privilege.”

“Moments like these tell us it’s less a justice system, and more a class enforcement system,” she tweeted.

One perhaps doesn’t expect a politician on the left side of the aisle to put the hammer down on a presumably just-as-far-left denizen of Hollywood, but I think AOC clearly has the better of this argument.

(Via Bayou Renaissance Man; I’m using his transcript of the Fox News report since for some reason Fox was blocking the link he gave when I wrote this up.)

4 comments »

  1. McGehee »

    19 April 2019 · 7:42 pm

    I can’t bring myself to be outraged over it. Huffman, et al, spent money trying to bribe their kids’ way into an academic system that already swindles people like them. It’s a stupidity tax on the rich in exactly the same way lotteries are a stupidity tax on the poor.

    If their kids were going to be scientists or engineers (which I doubt), there might be some value to what they were stealing, but the result would have been that said kids were going to become contributing members of society unlike their parents.

  2. Brett »

    19 April 2019 · 8:33 pm

    I’ll buy Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s argument when she can demonstrate the degree to which society will be safer with Ms. Huffman behind bars.

  3. Roger O Green »

    20 April 2019 · 5:18 am

    Not every issue is worthy of comment. Sometimes saying nothing is better, cf djt’s fire-fighting expertise re Notre Dame.

  4. Joe »

    20 April 2019 · 7:39 am

    I’m with McGehee here. I cannot believe some of these parents are looking at 40 years in prison.

    I wish the FBI would spend 1/4 of the time they spent investigating this “crime” on tracking down Sara from Card Services who calls my cell ten times a day. Now there is some serious wire fraud.

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