In May, Felicity Huffman pled guilty to a charge of fraud conspiracy for her part in the college admissions scandal. Now she just has to be sentenced, and part of that process is the submission of letters from both the defense and the prosecution arguing for or against a lenient sentence. In her letter to the judge, Indira Talwani of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Huffman blamed math for her actions. Seriously.
“I honestly didn’t and don’t care about my daughter going to a prestigious college,” Huffman wrote, not all that believably. “I didn’t want my daughter to be prevented from getting a shot at auditioning and doing what she loves because she can’t do math.”
Of course, even if that were true, it wouldn’t exactly be fair for Sophia and Georgia Macy, Huffman’s daughters with husband William H. Macy, to get their shot while other kids who suck at math didn’t.
And if Huffman were being truly honest, she’d admit that having two extremely successful actors as parents—Huffman and Macy have 12 Golden Globe, 16 Emmy, and two Oscar nominations between them—gives her daughters opportunities that even aspiring performers who can do multivariable calculus could only dream of.
To her credit, Huffman acknowledged that what she did was “the opposite of fair.” Her lawyers are asking for probation, a $20,000 fine, and 250 hours of community service as adequate punishment for paying Rick Singer $15,000 to falsify her daughter’s SAT score.
Prosecutors aren’t having it. In their letter, asking for a month in prison, a $20,000 fine, and a year of supervised release, they argue that Huffman’s actions are more than just concerned parenting.
“All parents want to help their kids get ahead, yet most manage to steer clear of conspiracy, bribery, and fraud,” they wrote to the judge, continuing on to say “Incarceration is the only leveler. In prison, everyone is treated the same, dressed the same, and intermingled regardless of affluence, position, or fame.”
Judge Talwani will hand down her sentence on Friday. At that point, we’ll know how much jail time — if any — Huffman will get.