By Kayla Lupedee
After Friday, Sept. 13, life is going to be far different than usual for actress Felicity Huffman and her family. Following the college admissions scandal that broke out in March, Huffman is one of 51 facing charges for bribery to guarantee her child’s admission into an elite school. She is the first to face sentencing on Friday.
When the college admissions scandal first became prominent, it was not only shocking, but also pathetic to know the lengths people would go to in order to ensure a good image for their children, despite it backfiring entirely.
When thinking of building a future, it’s common to think of hard work to get to the top, as well as overcoming hindrances along the way. However, I’m sure Huffman’s daughter, Sophia, didn’t expect to come face-to-face with her mother’s fraud charges.
In May, Huffman pleaded guilty to paying $15,000 as bribery to have her daughter’s SAT answers corrected. As of Friday, she is facing imprisonment for 14 days and must report in on Oct. 25, 2019. Moreover, Huffman was also given probation which includes one year of probation, 250 hours of community service and payment of a $30,000 fine.
It is becoming more prominent that Huffman’s sentencing is going to indicate a spiral of sentences for other parents, including actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli. The couple pleaded not guilty to their charges of paying William Singer $500,000 to win their daughters’ admissions to University of Southern California.
Loughlin and Giannulli are facing up to 40 years of imprisonment. However, Huffman’s sentencing may encourage the couple to flip their plea.
Taking a plea bargain could never be easy, especially when someone’s future is on the line. Despite this, it is not only morally correct of Huffman to plead guilty, but it is also a smart move on her behalf to take the bargain. Not only does publicly stating her confession and guilt reward her with a bit of respect from the judge, it also lowers her sentencing.
Loughlin would have to be utterly senseless to deny a plea bargain just in an attempt to avoid tarnishing her name. Admitting defeat is not only the right thing to do, but it’s also the clever way to go—as messed up as that sounds. Protecting her ego is not Loughlin’s brightest choice.
In the midst of Huffman’s upcoming sentencing, William H. Macy, Huffman’s husband, has publically supported her. He sent in a letter to the judge she will be facing, Indira Talwani, presumably in an attempt to provoke an emotionally touching response.
In this letter, Macy builds up Huffman’s parenting skills and her love for her family, while also going into detail of Huffman’s troubled childhood upbringing. Playing the victim card, I see? This seems like a last-minute attempt to find some form of common grounds or sympathy within Judge Talwani in hopes of pushing towards a lenient sentencing.
Macy claimed Huffman’s relationship “with her daughters exploded on March 12.”
I can only imagine the turmoil Huffman’s family, as well as the other families involved, are currently facing. It’s one thing to be a teenager that thinks their pestering parents are meddling in their lives; but to actually have your future shattered to pieces because of your mother’s actions is inconceivable.
I empathize with Sophia Grace Macy, as well as all the other students that may have had no knowledge of their parents’ thoughtless actions. It is a shame that these teenagers had their futures ripped out from underneath them due to an adult’s attempt in securing their place in the spotlight.
Although it is unfair that authentic prodigies were denied acceptance into these highly respectable colleges, there is also some form of injustice to the sons and daughters that were wronged by their parents. They certainly do not deserve their place in the schools that accepted them based on bribery; however, their entire future should not be at stake because of association to the one’s at fault: their parents.
Looking for handouts of sympathy and understanding is the last thing that should be on the minds of Huffman and Macy. What Huffman did was wrong, and she is deserving of the sentence she receives, even if that involves spending imprisonment. After all, negative actions lead to negative consequences.
Kayla Lupedee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org