USA v. Ernst et al

  1. March 19, 2021

    'Perpetual Cheat' UCLA Coach Gets 8 Months In 'Varsity Blues'

    The former men's soccer coach at UCLA was sentenced Friday to eight months in prison after prosecutors described him as a "perpetual cheat" who took $200,000 in bribes to have undeserving students admitted as athletes to the school.

  2. March 12, 2021

    'Varsity Blues' Coach Says Virus Work Merits Light Sentence

    The former head men's soccer coach at UCLA told a judge Friday he should serve no more than three months in prison for his role in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case, in part because he's scored a new job with a company working to combat viruses like COVID-19.

  3. March 01, 2021

    'Varsity Blues' Middleman Can't Get Early Release

    A former Texas tennis academy director who admitted to being a middleman in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scheme lost a bid to cut his prison term short amid the pandemic, with a federal judge noting he failed to take advantage of an earlier opportunity to delay reporting until after the COVID-19 outbreak waned.

  4. February 22, 2021

    Feds Say 'Varsity Blues' Middleman Blew Chance To Delay Jail

    A former Texas tennis academy director missed out on his chance to delay his "Varsity Blues" prison term due to his poor health and the COVID-19 pandemic, prosecutors said Monday as they pushed back on the latest early release bid in the college admissions case.

  5. February 18, 2021

    'Varsity Blues' Middleman Decries 'Catch-22' Prison Virus Rule

    Citing poor health and a "Catch-22"-like quarantine measure imposed in his Texas prison, a former tennis academy director asked Thursday to be released early from his three-month term in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scandal.

  6. January 25, 2021

    'Varsity Blues' Parents Seek Another Trial Delay Due To Virus

    A group of parents scheduled to head to trial in April over their alleged role in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scandal asked a Massachusetts federal judge Monday to delay their trial once again, citing increasing COVID-19 cases and the spread of more contagious coronavirus variants.

  7. January 14, 2021

    Ex-UCLA Soccer Coach Pleads Guilty Again In 'Varsity Blues'

    The former head coach of the UCLA men's soccer team pled guilty Thursday for a second time in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case, facing a judge again after her November ruling and a U.S. Supreme Court decision upended his first guilty plea.

  8. January 06, 2021

    Former USC Coach Denies 'Varsity Blues' Quid Pro Quo

    The University of Southern California's former water polo coach asked a federal judge on Tuesday to clear a slate of new charges against him in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case, citing flaws in prosecutors' latest indictment alleging a quid pro quo for slots at the elite school.

  9. January 03, 2021

    2021 Trials To Watch As Litigants Return To Court — Hopefully

    After a year in which the coronavirus pandemic swiped numerous important trials off the table, 2021 is widely hoped to bring broad vaccine availability and a return to the courtroom for many who have been awaiting their days in court.

  10. December 21, 2020

    Pandemic Delays 'Varsity Blues' Trial Until September 2021

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday delayed trial for four parents charged in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scheme from February to September 2021 after attorneys raised concerns about health risks and logistical hurdles during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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