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Felicity Huffman’s ‘slap on the wrist is a disgrace’

There is no justice.

Not when the rich and the powerful, the amoral and the sleazy — liars, cheats and unspeakably entitled thieves of anything and everything they can snatch with their paws from honourable folk — get away with it, time and again.

On Friday, actress Felicity Huffman whined, mewled and ugly-cried.

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She shamelessly begged a federal judge in Boston to spare her from even a day in the slammer for attempting to rig the system in favour of her daughter, paying a man US$15,000 to go into the teen’s completed SAT test and change wrong answers into right ones.

And when the dust settled, and she straightened her face, the judge sentenced desperate Huffman to a mere 14 days in stir — or less than a day for each one-thousand dollars she spent to steal her kid’s seat from a poorer and more deserving scholar who couldn’t afford to scam his or her way into an institution of higher education.

I am tired.

I’m tired of explaining how this is not a victimless crime, and Huffman not only helped to damage the integrity of higher learning, rendering diplomas worthless, but she attempted to swipe opportunity from another kid.

Two weeks (probably reduced in the long run), plus a fine of $30,000, 250 hours of community service and a year of supervised release, may sound like a big deal you and me. To Huffman, it’s less than an hour’s work, plus barely enough time to have her hair and makeup touched up.

Maybe she’ll get a memoir or TV movie out of it.

In the days leading up to her sentencing, Huffman infuriatingly made herself out to be a victim in a letter to the judge.

She painted herself as an insecure, anxious mother (as if there’s another kind) being punished by a sexist system, and complained that she just wanted the best for her daughter. She got some celebrated pals and her famous actor husband William H. Macy, to vouch for her good character. It was a circus.

It will only get worse.

By the time she’s released from prison, if she ends up actually going to prison at all, she’ll be transformed into something I detest: A martyr.

She should have taken her punishment like an adult, and spent the rest of her life atoning for her sins by making sure poor kids receive the education they deserve.

Instead, as she cries into the sunset, we are faced with dozens more college scammers who, when it’s their turn to face judges, if they ever face judges, can point to Felicity Huffman and say — “She got away with it, can I?’’

This story originally appeared in the New York Post and has been reproduced with permission.


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