Huffman arrived to court hand in hand with her brother, Moore Huffman, Jr., and without husband William H. Macy renewing interest in his role in the scandal — as well as where things stand with their relationship.
A new New York Times article looks at how while Huffman was pleading guilty in the fraud, “her husband’s fate has been different.” It revisited how the Shameless star was also involved in the scheme — talking to Singer himself in a conversation recorded by feds — and even discussed using the same processes to falsifying the SAT scores of their younger daughter, though they opted not to.
“What may never be known is this: Why prosecutors chose not to charge Mr. Macy, despite references in the prosecutors’ criminal complaint that suggest that Mr. Macy was not only aware of the plans, but a participant in at least some of them,” says the article. And a legal expert pointed out that “prosecutors have discretion as to who they charge. It may be that he cooperated with federal agents and provided important information as to the involvement of others, although most likely not his wife. He also could get charged in the future.”
It’s a topic we looked at back in March when this first broke and Macy, referred to as Huffman’s “spouse” in the criminal complaint, was all over the pages. At the time, the spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of Massachusetts told Yahoo Entertainment, “We cannot comment on charging decisions.”
That didn’t slow speculation from legal experts. New York Magazine’s Vulture spoke with New York Law School professor and former prosecutor Rebecca Roiphe, who said that one of several possibilities is simply that Macy “is far less culpable. Maybe it’s possible that the government has far more evidence than it’s laid out here, and in this evidence, that Huffman played a far more significant role than her husband.”
And criminal attorney Murray Richman told the website, “If there’s no active participation in the wrongdoing, the spouse will not be charged. Mere knowledge, even with the presence, does not constitute criminal conduct… They will not be charged if it’s mere allegations unsubstantiated with significant proof.”
Huffman took full credit for the scheme in her apology statement last month. “I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions,” she said.
While Macy appeared at Huffman’s court appearance after her arrest, he skipped the last two. There’s been gossip that their marriage has been under strain since her arrest.
Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, who were also arrested in the scam, have taken a different route, pleading not guilty to paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits even though neither of them participated in the sport.
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Felicity Huffman plead guilty to her charges in the college admissions scandal (also known as “Operation Varsity Blues”). She allegedly was in tears and had to pause before continuing to speak to the judge. She stands by her story that her daughter was unaware of what she was doing to get her into the school. Huffman will likely spend between four and ten months in prison. She previously released a statement to apologize and owns up to what she has done. It’s being reported that she will be sentenced on September 13th and will likely pay $20,000. #felicityhuffman #varsityblues #celebrity #news #celebritynews #celeb #celebbelle Image: Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe/Getty Images
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