American actor and producer, Lori Loughlin, best known for role in “Full House” was sentenced two months in prison by the U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton for committing conspiracy with her husband to pay $500,000 in bribes. The couple decided to bribe the college in order for them to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as “phony athletic recruits”. In addition to the actor’s two months in prison, her husband designer Mossimo Giannulli was sentenced five months.
According to 18 U.S.C. § 371,
- “If two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”
- If, however, the offense, the commission of which is the object of the conspiracy, is a misdemeanor only, the punishment for such conspiracy shall not exceed the maximum punishment provided for such misdemeanor.
In the Court, she stated (while holding back her tears), “I made an awful decision,” she said. “I allowed myself to be swayed from my moral compass. That realization weighs heavily on me. I have great faith in God and I believe in redemption. Your honor, I am truly and deeply and profoundly sorry. I am ready to face the consequences and make amends.”
No parent wants to see their children fail and thus, they do whatever possible to help them. In this case, the “Full House” actor could not see her daughters not getting into their dream college and thus, decided to choose an illegal path. Nonetheless, her apologies seemed sincere to the court and thus, the court decided to go for two-month prison time. I believe that the decision of the U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton was just and fair.
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