Huffman, 56, was the first parent sentenced in the college bribery case, which has implicated dozens of wealthy parents across the country who allegedly schemed with college consultant William “Rick” Singer, to help their children gain admission into competitive universities like Yale and Southern California. Huffman, who pleaded guilty to fraud two months after the scandal broke in March, had expressed remorse about her actions and faced little jail time because her $15,000 bribe was much less than most other parents. Prosecutors had asked for Huffman to serve a month in prison while the defense sought a sentence of probation, but Talwani agreed that “some incarceration” had to be imposed. “Trying to be a good mother doesn’t excuse this,” Talwani said with a deep sigh. “A person in the position of wealth and the position you are in is in a much easier position in this meritocracy.” Talwani said the sentence would allow Huffman to move forward. “I do think this is the right sentence here,” Talwani says. “You can rebuild your life after this.” Without jail time, she would forever face questions asking “why you got away with this.” Talwani’s decision capped a riveting courtroom scene in which Huffman… Read full this story
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