William H. Macy was among the famous people who wrote letters to a Boston judge on behalf of his wife Felicity Huffman. He was also there for her today, holding her hand as the actress entered the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston to be sentenced for her role in the college admissions scandal.
Judge Indira Talwini of the U.S. District Court of the District Massachusetts sentenced Huffman to only 14 days of jail time, as well as $30,000 fine. Notably, this is exactly double the $15,000 she paid to she paid to help falsify her daughter’s SAT scores.
The prosecution argued that Huffman should serve one month in jail and pay a $20,000 fine. Her lawyers said that the fine, probation, and 250 hours of community service would be an appropriate punishment for her crime. In her own letter to the judge, Huffman claimed that she 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.”
“My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty,” she also wrote, calling her actions “misguided and profoundly wrong.”
The people we feel sorriest for are Huffman’s kids. There’s no indication that they knew what their mom was doing, and, according to Macy’s letter, they’ve lost opportunities because of their connection to the scandal and have suffered nightmares.
Of course, just because they too have suffered because of her actions doesn’t mean their mother doesn’t deserve to be punished for her crime, which conceivably could have cost an honest applicant a spot in their dream college.
Huffman is the first parent to be sentenced in the scandal, in which loads of rich and sometimes famous people like actress Lori Loughlin have been implicated. While their sentences are not formally connected to Huffman’s, it will be interesting to see what they receive in light of Talwini’s seemingly lenient ruling. Will everyone else get off the hook so easily?