'Varsity Blues' Parents Get An Earful, But No Long Jail Terms

Law360 (August 25, 2020, 7:29 PM EDT) -- Parents in the "Varsity Blues" case have been described as "a common thief," "brazen" and "selfish" and blasted for their "chutzpah," "hubris" and "avarice."

These words have not come from internet commenters, but from the 82-year-old Massachusetts federal judge tasked with sentencing Lori Loughlin and seven other wealthy parents who pled guilty to paying bribes in order to give their children a leg up in the college admissions process.

Through eight sentencing hearings to date, U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton has not imposed any prison terms longer than nine months, with most falling in line with the sentences handed down...

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