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Parents Who Cop to College Admissions Scam May Stay Out Of Jail

March 19, 2019, 11:16 AM

Getting your kid into Yale with bribes, fixed SAT scores and fake athletic feats is morally indefensible. But in the courtroom it may be a different story.

As the well-heeled parents in the U.S. college admissions scandal negotiate pleas—or, less likely, fight it out at trial—lawyers have some strategies in mind.

“You’re going to have parents saying, ‘Look, I was just trying to help my child. My intent was not to break any laws,’” said Diane Ferrone, a criminal defense lawyer in New York. “I think that the prospect of any of them serving any time in jail is highly...

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