NOTICE

By continuing to use this website, you agree to our updated Subscriber Terms and Conditions and Terms of Service, effective 6/8/23

Advertisement
Article Attribution Text (update)

Test article for AP-537 CT-opinion : Parameter set to NO

William H. Macy once declared he would have “no problems” using his success to give his kids get a “leg up” in Hollywood. Para 1

The “Shameless” actor endorsed nepotism during an interview years before he and wife Felicity Huffman were implicated in the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.Para 2

Advertisement

William H. Macy once declared he would have “no problems” using his success to give his kids get a “leg up” in Hollywood.The “Shameless” actor endorsed nepotism during an interview years before he and wife Felicity Huffman were implicated in the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice. Para 3

William H. Macy once declared he would have “no problems” using his success to give his kids get a “leg up” in Hollywood.The “Shameless” actor endorsed nepotism during an interview years before he and wife Felicity Huffman were implicated in the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.Para 4

Advertisement

William H. Macy once declared he would have “no problems” using his success to give his kids get a “leg up” in Hollywood.Para 5

The “Shameless” actor endorsed nepotism during an interview years before he and wife Felicity Huffman were implicated in the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.Para 6

William H. Macy once declared he would have “no problems” using his success to give his kids get a “leg up” in Hollywood.Para 7

The “Shameless” actor endorsed nepotism during an interview years before he and wife Felicity Huffman were implicated in the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.William H. Macy once declared he would have “no problems” using his success to give his kids get a “leg up” in Hollywood.Para 8

The “Shameless” actor endorsed nepotism during an interview years before he and wife Felicity Huffman were implicated in the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.Para 9

“One can help your children in this business, and the nepotism works, and I have no problems with it,” Macy told “Entertainment Tonight” in 2004 during a junket for his film “Cellular.”Para 10

“If I can give them a leg up, I absolutely would. It’s a great way to make a living. It really is,” he said.According to prosecutors, Huffman and Macy paid $15,000 to join a scheme in which a bribed proctor secretly corrected their older daughter’s SAT test answers so her final score ended up at 1420, a boost of more than 400 points over her PSAT score.Para 11

Macy was identified in a federal complaint last week as a “spouse” who agreed with the original scheme during a meeting at the couple’s Los Angeles home prior to the older daughter’s December 2017 SAT test.Para 12

Advertisement

He was later recorded on a December 12, 2018 call discussing a repeat of the scheme for the couple’s younger daughter, prosecutors allege.Macy, 69, and Huffman, 56, ultimately decided not to pursue the scheme a second time, prosecutors said. That decision likely was a major reason Macy was not charged, legal experts say.Para 13

“They definitely didn’t have the same amount of evidence against Macy as they do against his wife, in terms of strength and certainty. With Huffman, they have emails and recorded conversations where it seems there’s no doubt she was aware of the scheme for the first daughter and was an active participant,” Lou Shapiro, a defense lawyer who regularly represents federal defendants, told the Daily News.Para 14

“The lack of consummation for the second daughter was probably the driving factor in (not charging Macy). The feds don’t favor charging people with attempt at things,” Shapiro said.“And in cases that involve minor children, if the feds don’t have a powerful case against both parents, they probably leave one alone, so someone is there to care for the kid,” he said.Para 15

Macy’s younger daughter is 17 years old.Shapiro said prosecutors went after both parents where they felt the evidence was more “clear and convincing” for each. He said actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli appeared to fit that category.Para 16

He said while the 33 parents so far charged in the nationwide cheating scandal could receive some time behind bars, he expects most will strike deals with no prison time.“I think the parents are going to end up with probation and a significant amount of community service,” he said.Para 17

He said under U.S. federal sentencing guidelines, judges are mandated to take into account not just a conviction but each defendant’s entire life and accomplishments.“Most of these people are very accomplished individuals who’ve made significant contributions to society,” he said.Para 18

Advertisement

“What’s been striking me about this case all along is that we have only portions of the tapes. We don’t have all the tapes. It scares me what we don’t know,” Laurie L. Levenson, a former federal prosecutor and a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, told The News.Para 19

“We can anticipate the defense lawyers are going to say things were taken out of context. I think they’re going to say, ‘My client really didn’t know everything. You’re not sharing the times when my client asked if this was OK, and they were told, yes, it’s been vetted,’” she said.Para 20

Levenson also cautioned that many aspects of the government’s case appear to rely heavily on the cooperation of the scheme’s top ringleader, William (Rick) Singer, the founder of the Edge College & Career Network.Singer already has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction of justice.Para 21

Levenson also cautioned that many aspects of the government’s case appear to rely heavily on the cooperation of the scheme’s top ringleader, William (Rick) Singer, the founder of the Edge College & Career Network.Para 22

Singer already has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction of justice.Para 23

“It’s going to be a lot of finger pointing, and a case that relies on the credibility of Rick Singer, that’s a case in trouble,” Levenson said.Para 24

Advertisement

Huffman was arrested in the cast last Tuesday and released hours later on $250,000 bond. She is due back in court May 29 in Boston.Para 25

Levenson also cautioned that many aspects of the government’s case appear to rely heavily on the cooperation of the scheme’s top ringleader, William (Rick) Singer, the founder of the Edge College & Career Network.Para 26

Singer already has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction of justice.Para 27

Huffman was arrested in the cast last Tuesday and released hours later on $250,000 bond. She is due back in court May 29 in Boston.Para 28

Levenson also cautioned that many aspects of the government’s case appear to rely heavily on the cooperation of the scheme’s top ringleader, William (Rick) Singer, the founder of the Edge College & Career Network.Para 29

Singer already has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction of justice.Levenson also cautioned that many aspects of the government’s case appear to rely heavily on the cooperation of the scheme’s top ringleader, William (Rick) Singer, the founder of the Edge College & Career Network.Para 30

Advertisement

Singer already has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction of justice.Para 31

(Page 2)

William H. Macy once declared he would have “no problems” using his success to give his kids get a “leg up” in Hollywood.

The “Shameless” actor endorsed nepotism during an interview years before he and wife Felicity Huffman were implicated in the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.

William H. Macy once declared he would have “no problems” using his success to give his kids get a “leg up” in Hollywood.

The “Shameless” actor endorsed nepotism during an interview years before he and wife Felicity Huffman were implicated in the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.

Advertisement

William H. Macy once declared he would have “no problems” using his success to give his kids get a “leg up” in Hollywood.

The “Shameless” actor endorsed nepotism during an interview years before he and wife Felicity Huffman were implicated in the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.William H. Macy once declared he would have “no problems” using his success to give his kids get a “leg up” in Hollywood.

The “Shameless” actor endorsed nepotism during an interview years before he and wife Felicity Huffman were implicated in the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.

“One can help your children in this business, and the nepotism works, and I have no problems with it,” Macy told “Entertainment Tonight” in 2004 during a junket for his film “Cellular.”

“If I can give them a leg up, I absolutely would. It’s a great way to make a living. It really is,” he said.

According to prosecutors, Huffman and Macy paid $15,000 to join a scheme in which a bribed proctor secretly corrected their older daughter’s SAT test answers so her final score ended up at 1420, a boost of more than 400 points over her PSAT score.

Advertisement

Macy was identified in a federal complaint last week as a “spouse” who agreed with the original scheme during a meeting at the couple’s Los Angeles home prior to the older daughter’s December 2017 SAT test.

He was later recorded on a December 12, 2018 call discussing a repeat of the scheme for the couple’s younger daughter, prosecutors allege.

Macy, 69, and Huffman, 56, ultimately decided not to pursue the scheme a second time, prosecutors said. That decision likely was a major reason Macy was not charged, legal experts say.

“They definitely didn’t have the same amount of evidence against Macy as they do against his wife, in terms of strength and certainty. With Huffman, they have emails and recorded conversations where it seems there’s no doubt she was aware of the scheme for the first daughter and was an active participant,” Lou Shapiro, a defense lawyer who regularly represents federal defendants, told the Daily News.

“The lack of consummation for the second daughter was probably the driving factor in (not charging Macy). The feds don’t favor charging people with attempt at things,” Shapiro said.

“And in cases that involve minor children, if the feds don’t have a powerful case against both parents, they probably leave one alone, so someone is there to care for the kid,” he said.

Advertisement

Macy’s younger daughter is 17 years old.

Shapiro said prosecutors went after both parents where they felt the evidence was more “clear and convincing” for each. He said actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli appeared to fit that category.

He said while the 33 parents so far charged in the nationwide cheating scandal could receive some time behind bars, he expects most will strike deals with no prison time.

“I think the parents are going to end up with probation and a significant amount of community service,” he said.

He said under U.S. federal sentencing guidelines, judges are mandated to take into account not just a conviction but each defendant’s entire life and accomplishments.

“Most of these people are very accomplished individuals who’ve made significant contributions to society,” he said.

Advertisement

“What’s been striking me about this case all along is that we have only portions of the tapes. We don’t have all the tapes. It scares me what we don’t know,” Laurie L. Levenson, a former federal prosecutor and a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, told The News.

“We can anticipate the defense lawyers are going to say things were taken out of context. I think they’re going to say, ‘My client really didn’t know everything. You’re not sharing the times when my client asked if this was OK, and they were told, yes, it’s been vetted,’” she said.

Levenson also cautioned that many aspects of the government’s case appear to rely heavily on the cooperation of the scheme’s top ringleader, William (Rick) Singer, the founder of the Edge College & Career Network.

Singer already has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

Levenson also cautioned that many aspects of the government’s case appear to rely heavily on the cooperation of the scheme’s top ringleader, William (Rick) Singer, the founder of the Edge College & Career Network.

Singer already has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

Advertisement

“It’s going to be a lot of finger pointing, and a case that relies on the credibility of Rick Singer, that’s a case in trouble,” Levenson said.

Huffman was arrested in the cast last Tuesday and released hours later on $250,000 bond. She is due back in court May 29 in Boston.

Levenson also cautioned that many aspects of the government’s case appear to rely heavily on the cooperation of the scheme’s top ringleader, William (Rick) Singer, the founder of the Edge College & Career Network.

Singer already has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

Huffman was arrested in the cast last Tuesday and released hours later on $250,000 bond. She is due back in court May 29 in Boston.

Levenson also cautioned that many aspects of the government’s case appear to rely heavily on the cooperation of the scheme’s top ringleader, William (Rick) Singer, the founder of the Edge College & Career Network.

Advertisement

Singer already has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

Levenson also cautioned that many aspects of the government’s case appear to rely heavily on the cooperation of the scheme’s top ringleader, William (Rick) Singer, the founder of the Edge College & Career Network.

Singer already has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

(Page 3)

William H. Macy once declared he would have “no problems” using his success to give his kids get a “leg up” in Hollywood.

The “Shameless” actor endorsed nepotism during an interview years before he and wife Felicity Huffman were implicated in the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.

Advertisement

William H. Macy once declared he would have “no problems” using his success to give his kids get a “leg up” in Hollywood.

The “Shameless” actor endorsed nepotism during an interview years before he and wife Felicity Huffman were implicated in the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.

William H. Macy once declared he would have “no problems” using his success to give his kids get a “leg up” in Hollywood.

The “Shameless” actor endorsed nepotism during an interview years before he and wife Felicity Huffman were implicated in the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.William H. Macy once declared he would have “no problems” using his success to give his kids get a “leg up” in Hollywood.

The “Shameless” actor endorsed nepotism during an interview years before he and wife Felicity Huffman were implicated in the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.

“One can help your children in this business, and the nepotism works, and I have no problems with it,” Macy told “Entertainment Tonight” in 2004 during a junket for his film “Cellular.”

Advertisement

“If I can give them a leg up, I absolutely would. It’s a great way to make a living. It really is,” he said.

According to prosecutors, Huffman and Macy paid $15,000 to join a scheme in which a bribed proctor secretly corrected their older daughter’s SAT test answers so her final score ended up at 1420, a boost of more than 400 points over her PSAT score.

Macy was identified in a federal complaint last week as a “spouse” who agreed with the original scheme during a meeting at the couple’s Los Angeles home prior to the older daughter’s December 2017 SAT test.

He was later recorded on a December 12, 2018 call discussing a repeat of the scheme for the couple’s younger daughter, prosecutors allege.

Macy, 69, and Huffman, 56, ultimately decided not to pursue the scheme a second time, prosecutors said. That decision likely was a major reason Macy was not charged, legal experts say.

“They definitely didn’t have the same amount of evidence against Macy as they do against his wife, in terms of strength and certainty. With Huffman, they have emails and recorded conversations where it seems there’s no doubt she was aware of the scheme for the first daughter and was an active participant,” Lou Shapiro, a defense lawyer who regularly represents federal defendants, told the Daily News.

Advertisement

“The lack of consummation for the second daughter was probably the driving factor in (not charging Macy). The feds don’t favor charging people with attempt at things,” Shapiro said.

“And in cases that involve minor children, if the feds don’t have a powerful case against both parents, they probably leave one alone, so someone is there to care for the kid,” he said.

Macy’s younger daughter is 17 years old.

Shapiro said prosecutors went after both parents where they felt the evidence was more “clear and convincing” for each. He said actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli appeared to fit that category.

He said while the 33 parents so far charged in the nationwide cheating scandal could receive some time behind bars, he expects most will strike deals with no prison time.

“I think the parents are going to end up with probation and a significant amount of community service,” he said.

Advertisement

He said under U.S. federal sentencing guidelines, judges are mandated to take into account not just a conviction but each defendant’s entire life and accomplishments.

“Most of these people are very accomplished individuals who’ve made significant contributions to society,” he said.

“What’s been striking me about this case all along is that we have only portions of the tapes. We don’t have all the tapes. It scares me what we don’t know,” Laurie L. Levenson, a former federal prosecutor and a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, told The News.

“We can anticipate the defense lawyers are going to say things were taken out of context. I think they’re going to say, ‘My client really didn’t know everything. You’re not sharing the times when my client asked if this was OK, and they were told, yes, it’s been vetted,’” she said.

Levenson also cautioned that many aspects of the government’s case appear to rely heavily on the cooperation of the scheme’s top ringleader, William (Rick) Singer, the founder of the Edge College & Career Network.

Singer already has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

Advertisement

Levenson also cautioned that many aspects of the government’s case appear to rely heavily on the cooperation of the scheme’s top ringleader, William (Rick) Singer, the founder of the Edge College & Career Network.

Singer already has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

“It’s going to be a lot of finger pointing, and a case that relies on the credibility of Rick Singer, that’s a case in trouble,” Levenson said.

Huffman was arrested in the cast last Tuesday and released hours later on $250,000 bond. She is due back in court May 29 in Boston.

Levenson also cautioned that many aspects of the government’s case appear to rely heavily on the cooperation of the scheme’s top ringleader, William (Rick) Singer, the founder of the Edge College & Career Network.

Chicago Tribune Sports

Weekdays

A daily sports newsletter delivered to your inbox for your morning commute.

Singer already has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

Advertisement

Huffman was arrested in the cast last Tuesday and released hours later on $250,000 bond. She is due back in court May 29 in Boston.

Levenson also cautioned that many aspects of the government’s case appear to rely heavily on the cooperation of the scheme’s top ringleader, William (Rick) Singer, the founder of the Edge College & Career Network.

Singer already has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

Levenson also cautioned that many aspects of the government’s case appear to rely heavily on the cooperation of the scheme’s top ringleader, William (Rick) Singer, the founder of the Edge College & Career Network.

Singer already has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction of justice.



Advertisement