Why this is what everyone is talking about and not Williams beating Hurd for the super welterweight title is beyond me. I’ll weigh in on this matter because I really have nothing better to do. The biggest thing in this case is privilege or wealth getting things or favors that people that don’t have those lofty means can get. Loughlin and others paid money to fake transcripts and/or make sure that their kids were able to get into a really good school. Lets be honest, if I could make sure that my son would get admitted to a school that would benefit him in the future by donating money, I would do it. We all love our kids and we all want to make sure that their future is as set or as favorable as we can make it for them, even the people prosecuting this case. The problem with this case is not that these people were wrong for what they did, it’s because you want to jail them for loving their kids. Do they deserve jail time, I don’t think so, they do deserve a large fine and to have their kids take the appropriate steps to be readmitted into the school. What ever ends up happening, I think that Loughlin and the people that are fighting the charges are right and not because they didn’t do anything wrong but because the prosecutors are flexing muscles that they shouldn’t be. What they are saying is they can get up to 40 years of jail for not hurting a single person but because they didn’t just do what the prosecutors wanted them to do. This was never more evident when they didn’t take the plea deal and the prosecutors decided to add money laundering charges, which by the way is a stretch because money laundering is used to charge people that got ill gotten gains and decided to put into the world and then have it returned to them in a legal manner, i.e. drug smugglers that use a laundromat, bodega or any cash business to say that their money was legally obtained. Since the defendants in this case never had the money come back to them or earned their money in a fraudulent way, money laundering seems to be a huge stretch, but I’m not a lawyer or play one anywhere so we’ll have to see what happens. If I had to guess, Singer would be the money launderer and the people that paid him would unwittingly be co-conspirators in that that scheme. I think that the prosecution would have to show proof that these defendants were aware that was Singer’s intent when they paid him or whatever charity he was affiliated with.
I personally think that jails are for people that are a danger to other people and society, not for people that wanted to put their kids in a good school, no matter how rich or privileged they are. Singer is obviously a predator and deserves jail but these defendants, I opine, just made a dumb fucking mistake, albeit a serious one. They deserve to pay a hefty fine and forced to open or donate to a scholarship program for underprivileged youths that would otherwise would be able to attend such schools but don’t have the means to do so and add community service, what, 500 hours seems fair. If the prosecutors had decided to impose that punishment, the defendants would have surely agreed and everyone would have benefited and they would have helped intelligent under-privileged families to boot. They, the prosecutors, would have been the good guys with a moderate approach and solution to a problem and would have sent out a message that this would not be tolerated by Singer types, the people you are really trying to dissuade in the first place. They instead chose to focus their fire power on the rich folks, not that us poor or lesser means folks wouldn’t be glad to see rich yuppies go to jail, just not for loving their kids. The problem here is if these people were poor and had done the same thing by taking out a second mortgage, thinking that I’m going to do whatever I can to make sure my kid has a better chance in life, would you be as upset? The crimes are exactly the same, except one is rich and one is poor, and if you said I wouldn’t do that to a person that put a second mortgage on a home, then you shouldn’t do that to a person just because they didn’t have to do that. That’s the law, you shouldn’t punish someone because they are rich just like you shouldn’t punish someone because they are poor.
Speaking of being poor, do you know how many times poor people had to agree to plea deals because they had no representation or couldn’t afford one, this is why I am happy these defendants are fighting this case. These cases, these fights, they help the poor and people of lesser means. You might look down at Loughlin and the other defendants but I hope they give the prosecutors one hell of a fight and force them to be reasonable in their sentencing because when I sell everything I own and go live in my car to bribe someone at Harvard or Princeton to put my son’s name up a notch, just enough to be accepted, I want to do community service, not go to jail for 40 years. I’m joking of course, but this case is about checks and balances, because some poor family out there is going to get taken advantage of, either for school admission or admission into this country, and the punishment should be fair and even handed and the sad truth is that these rich folks set precedents in cases just like this, that limits the abuse of authority that prosecutors sometimes wield. These rich folks will help us poor folks fight battles that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to fight. They are not the good guys, or even the bad guys, but I offer that neither are the prosecutors, at least not in this case. Not one soul was injured and you want to lock them up, why? Because they are rich, not a good reason. And if your thought is that it happens to poor people all the time, then you should be rooting for these defendants so we have case law to prevent it from happening. I look at things a little differently I guess, but I consider the adding charges when they didn’t appease the prosecutors a little bit of a crappy move on their part but that happens all the time to us poor folk, I would like to see it stopped.
My opinion is mine alone and I’m assuming that no other person was hurt or kept out of the school due to these activities. If there were, then we’re in a different ballgame altogether.
I do have a couple of questions for you
Would you send a student to jail if he got caught cheating on a SAT test at a SAT test site?
Would you send a student to jail if he lied on his application for college about things they did or sports they played in?
Those are the exact same crimes but I don’t think that you would file charges on those students and it happens and they have been caught, why would you jail the parents? Singer was an opportunist that approached these parents because of their wealth, he is the criminal and you shouldn’t equate Singer’s actions as equal or the same as the parents’ actions. Read the story of Sam Eshaghoff. He basically did the same thing as Singer and got community service and the students that paid him, well, they received no punishment that I read about. The amount of money paid is not the same and I believe Singer to be a scam artist and should receive jail time but, if you are going to be fair across the board, then the parents should have gotten the same deal as Sam, who was more liable then the parents.