Transcript for Felicity Huffman’s sentence a sign in ‘Varsity Blues’ scandal?
We begin with the latest on felicity Huffman. Sentenced Friday to 14 days behind bars for her roam in the college admissions scandal. That could set a sentencing floor for other parents charged like Lori Loughlin, Eva pilgrim here with the story. This was a decision that sparked some backlash on social media. Judge giving felicity Huffman 14 days for her role in the largest college admissions scandal in the "Desperate housewives" star now preparing to serve her time. This morning, new images of felicity Huffman back home in Los Angeles appearing for the first time in public since a federal judge sentenced her to 14 days in prison for her involvement in the "Varsity blues" college admissions scandal. The actress seen smiling with her husband William H. Macy and youngest daughter Georgia Saturday as they unloaded their car outside of an apartment building. Felicity, have you prepared yourself for the sentence? Reporter: A stark contrast to the day before when a stone-faced Huffman appeared hand in hand with Macy at her sentencing in Boston federal court for pleading guilty to paying $15,000 to boost her now 19-year-old daughter's S.A.T. Scores. The judge sentencing the "Desperate housewives" star to one year of probation, 250 hours of community service and a $30,000 fine, explaining the reason behind her decision saying, Huffman tried to get one more advantage in a system already so distorted by money and privilege. Through tears the 56-year-old apologized to her family for betraying them and accepted the court's decision saying in a statement, there are no excuses or justifications for my actions, period. There are 51 people embroiled in the "Varsity blues" scandal, 34 parents, 9 coaches, 1 athletic director and 7 others who worked in both official and unofficial capacities for the private college counseling service at the center of this scandal. Now, Loughlin's attorney is due back in court early next month. She is not expected to attend. As for Huffman she has six weeks to report to her prison. Her attorney requesting she be placed in one near home. Let's talk about it with Dan Abrams. Eva mentioned the backlash. That doesn't necessarily dictate jail time in the case. The prosecutor and judge made it clear they were focusing on community route reach, sending a message. That's not good news for felicity Huffman. When you hear a judge talking about we need to make it clear that this isn't okay and this message needs to be sent, that sort of tells you why she got any prison time at all in connection with this particular crime. Remembering that it is in the end a financial crime and, therefore, different from some of the other cases people -- Not this high profile, not necessarily jail time. I don't think so. If it had not been this kind of hoopla around the case I don't think she'd be serving any time. What does it mean for Lori Loughlin fighting the charges? That means she has to wing at this point to avoid jail. Correct, correct. I hear everyone saying, oh, my goodness. Lori Loughlin could get so much more time. There was a critical ruling that said that the amount of money the 500,000 that Lori Loughlin spent versus the 15,000 felicity Huffman spent, that that isn't going to be the dispositive factor meaning you can't prove, prosecutors can't prove the universities or the test providers lost that amount of money and if they can't prove that they lost that amount of money, then that's not going to be relevant in sentencing so while Lori Loughlin has more charges against her and that's dangerous, that big ruling from the judge is certainly something that can be a little bit encouraging but if she's thinking she's just going to be able to make this go away and not serve any time -- She could still get a deal now? She could probably get a deal but it won't be 14 days based on this.
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