One Step Forward?
Following the scandal around Lori Loughlin and college admissions has been pretty easy lately. The popular actress and model was accused and tried on the grounds that she paid thousands of dollars to bride her daughters into top colleges.
Loughlin did admit to paying the bribes, which started a landfall of blowback when details started spilling out. Felicity Huffman of ‘Desperate Housewives’ found herself caught up in it as well after the details leaked out. It was discovered that both of these women, and dozens of others, willingly paid bribes. And that their spouses helped them do it as quietly as possible.
Laughlin’s husband, Mossimo Giannulli, was sentenced to five months in federal prison. He lied about his daughters being ‘top athletes’ and helped Loughlin cover her tracks when she paid the bribes to keep it going. Strange that he got five and Loughlin is only getting two but I digress.
“I made an awful decision. I went along with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage”
Despite this fact, Loughlin’s attorneys argued ceaselessly that she was the least involved of all the revealed conspirators. Which, of course that’s what they would argue, it’s their job to do so. However, Lori Loughlin did acknowledge the reality she faces, and said she was ready to face her judgement.
During the proceedings, Lori Loughlin did have a prepared statement.
“I made an awful decision. I went along with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process. I thought I was acting out of love for my children, but in reality it only undermined my daughter’s abilities and accomplishments. I will do everything in my power to redeem myself. Your honor, I am truly, profoundly, and deeply sorry.”
She will also be facing a $150,000 fine with 100 hours required of community service. A stark contrast to her husband who is facing a $250,000 fine and 250 hours of service. And while that may seem like a back breaking amount, Lori Loughlin still has a net worth of $20 million.
most people think that the couple are getting off easy in this case
Judge Gorton admonished the actress and her husband, in some pretty harsh and reality snapping words.
“You have participated in the corruption of the system of higher education in this country. I hope you will spend the rest of your charmed life making amends for the system you have harmed.”
If you think that this sentencing is fairly light, you aren’t the only one. A quick glance through Twitter confirms that most people think that the couple are getting off easy in this case.
Lori Laughlin was just sentenced to 2 months in jail.
Earlier this year, the Manhattan DA recommended one year jail for a man who stole cough syrup and toothpaste from a Duane Reade.
There are two systems of justice in this county and this is yet another example.
— Eliza Orlins (@elizaorlins) August 21, 2020
Tanya McDowell received a 5-year sentence for enrolling her 6-year old son in a public school outside her zip code. Lori Laughlin got 2-months for bribing her 18-year old daughter into a prestigious university. The “justice” system is for the rich, not for the people. pic.twitter.com/xpmeIBrLqo
— June 🧙♀️ (@jungsocialist) August 21, 2020
Lori Laughlin and her husband being sentenced to months in prison for “felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud” is proof that the wealthy do not operate in the same legal system as the rest of us.
— John Carney (@johncarney1911) August 21, 2020
This is Just a Mess
One of the biggest reasons that people believe this, isn’t just because of Lori Loughlin seeming to get off easy. Rather it was the vast amount of cheating and behind the scenes nonsense that happened as a result of their actions.
Over 50 celebrities and wealthy couples paid a consultant, William Singer, in excess of $25 million to perform a host of actions that hurt several hundred thousand students. These actions ranged from adjusting SAT scores to make the wealthy kids look smarter to bribing individual college coaches. They really screwed up some people’s lives pretty heavily.
Their daughters weren’t even expelled from college. They’re just ‘no longer enrolled by USC’, which means that they just aren’t taking classes or just don’t intend to finish their degrees. If that doesn’t speak to some deeper issues, we don’t know what does.
Singer did plead guilty to all charges when investigated by the Boston Court system.
Sadly, it really says a lot about how the system works. Here we have hard proof that these people used their power and influence to cheat the system and ruin people’s lives. They got caught, tried and proven beyond a reasonable doubt to have committed these acts.
Now, a year later, and they’re all getting very light sentences. Why is it so difficult to feel like justice was found? Maybe some small part of it was, but a large part seems to have been buried with the colleges.