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Report: Felicity Huffman’s sentencing means harsher sentences for other parents like Lori Loughlin

Experts told the Los Angeles Times that Huffman’s sentence could be a bad sign for more parents

Actress Felicity Huffman, accused in the college admissions scandal, arrives at a Boston courthouse April 3.
FILE - Actress Felicity Huffman, accused in the college admissions scandal, arrives at a Boston courthouse April 3.
Charles Krupa, Associated Press

Felicity Huffman will spend two weeks in jail for her role in the college admissions scandal, and that could spell problems for other parents involved in the case.

Last week, U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani ruled that Huffman will spend 14 days in prison. She will now make more rulings against 10 parents involved in the college admissions scandal.

And no one knows how the rulings will fall.

“On the one hand, her ruling means parents could receive significantly lower prison sentences or avoid prison altogether,” according to the Los Angeles Times. “On the other, Talwani’s decision that Huffman should spend some time incarcerated is a sign she’ll come down as hard or harder on other parents.”

James Felman, an attorney and expert on white-collar sentences, told the Los Angeles Times that he doesn’t see how someone could receive less time than Huffman.

“She would need a very compelling reason to give someone with the same or more culpability less time,” he said.

Devin Sloane, a businessman and CEO, will be the first parent to receive a sentence this week