Felicity Huffman released from prison – What’s next for her


MEANTIME, THE FOCUS IS SHIFTING TO THE PARENTS WHO HAVE PLEADED NOT GUILTY, LIKEMAIL” CAPTURING MOMENT WHEN HUFFMAN AND HER HUSBAND, WILLIAM H. MACY, TOUCHED DOWN IN LOS ANGELES. THE ACTRESS SERVED 11 OF HER 14-DAY SENTENCE AT A FEDERAL PRISON IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. PER POLICY, INMATES WHO ARE SCHEDULED FOR A WEEKEND RELEASE, ARE TYPICALLY LET GO ON A FRIDAY. WHILE SERVING TIME, HUFFMAN STAYED IN THE SPOTLIGHT. NEWLY RELEASED VIDEO SHOWS HER ALONGSIDE HER HUSBAND, WALKING THE SPRAWLING PRISON GROUNDS. HUFFMAN NOW BEGINS PART TWO OF HER SENTENCE. ONE YEAR OF SUPERVISED RELEASE, 250 HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE, AND A $30,000 FINE, WHICH SHE HAS PAID. IT’S UNCLEAR IF HER NEXT ACT WILL INCLUDE A ROLE IN HOLLYWOOD.>>IF SHE HAS A GREAT PROJECT AND HAS THAT REPENTANT HEART, THERE’S A GOOD POSSIBILITY FOR HER REPUTATION TO TAKE A BOUNCE.>>Reporter: THE FORMER “DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES” STAR PLEADED GUILTY IN THE COLLEGE ADMISSION SCANDAL DUBBED “OPERATION VARSITY BLUES.” SHE PAID TO BOOST HER DAUGHTER’S S.A.T. SCORE.>>I WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR YOU. YOU ARE MY DAUGHTER.>>Reporter: SEVERAL OTHER PARENTS HAVE FOLLOWED HER LEAD. BUT “FULL HOUSE” ACTRESS LORI LOUGHLIN AND HER HUSBAND MAINTAIN THEIR INNOCENCE. ON TUESDAY, THE CELEBRITY COUPLE WAS SLAPPED WITH A NEW CHARGE. CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT BRIBERY. PROSECUTORS SAY LOUGHLIN’S HUSBAND WROTE IN AN E-MAIL, I HAD TO WORK THE SYSTEM, AFTER THE COUPLE ALLEGEDLY MADE THEIR DAUGHTER, BELLA, LOOK LIKE A ROWING RECRUIT. ANOTHER TWIST TO THIS LEGAL DRAMA, AS THE CASE MOVES TOWARD TRIAL. EARLIER THIS WEEK, FOUR PARENTS CHANGED THEIR PLEAS FROM NOT GUILTY TO GUILTY. MEANWHILE, LOUGHLIN AND HER HUSBAND ARE LOOKING AT THEIR NEXT DAY IN COURT, SET FOR JANUARY 17th, 2020. SHEINELLE?>>KATHY, THANK YOU.>>>LET’S TALK ABOUT IT. DANNY CEVALLOS IS AN ATTORNEY AND NBC NEWS REPORTER. LET’S TAKE IT A STEP AT A TIME. HUFFMAN WILL BE ON SUPERVISED RELEASE. WHAT’S THAT MEAN?>>IT’S LIKE PROBATION. IN THE FEDERAL SYSTEM, PROBATION IS WHAT YOU GET DURING A SENTENCE. SUPERVISED RELEASE IS AFTER A SENTENCE. YOU HAVE TO GIVE DNA. SHE HAS TO DO COMMUNITY SERVICE. YOU CAN’T TAKE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES. IN HER CASE, THAT’S WAIVED BECAUSE SHE IS LOW RISK OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.>>LET’S TALK ABOUT THE NEW INDICTMENT BETWEEN LORI LOUGHLIN AND HER HUSBAND? WHAT KIND OF DEAL COULD THEY GET?>>IT PROBABLY IS THE GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO INDUCE, TURN UP THE HEAT, AND GET THE DEFENDANTS TO PLEAD GUILTY. THE PROBLEM FOR THESE DEFENDANTS IS A PLEA DEAL ISN’T GOING TO BE AS APPETIZING AS IT WAS FOR THE DEFENDANTS WHO PLEADED GUILTY RIGHT AWAY, LIKE FELICITY HUFFMAN AND SOME OF THE OTHER DEFENDANTS. THE SENTENCES HAVE RANGED FROM ZERO TO FIVE MONTHS. THAT’S NOT A GOOD PREDICTOR FOR LORI LOUGHLIN AND HER HUSBAND BECAUSE THEY’RE CHARGED WITH MORE CRIMED NOW AND IF THEY PROCEED TO TRIAL, THEY WON’T GET THE BENEFIT OF ACCEPTANCE RESPONSIBILITY.>>HAVE THEY WAITED TOO LONG ALREADY? LET’S SAY THEY’RE YOUR CLIENTS. WHAT DO YOU DO?>>THIS IS A TRICKY STAGE OF A PROSECUTION. MONTHS INTO IT, IF THEY’RE GOING TO TRIAL BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE THEY’RE INNOCENT, WELL, YOU CAN’T PLEAD AN INNOCENT CLIENT GUILTY. YOU HAVE TO TALK TO YOUR CLIENTS, MAKE SURE THEY WANT TO DO THIS IN THEIR HEARTS AND THEY KNOW THE RISKS AND WANT TO GO TO TRIAL AND VINDICATE THEMSELVES.>>WHAT IF YOU BELIEVE YOU DIDN’T DO ANYTHING WRONG? THINK THEY THAT’S JUST THE WAY THINGS ARE. IF YOU BREAK THE LAW, YOU BREAK THE LAW.>>THAT’S RIGHT. AND THE PRISONS ARE FULL OF DEFENDANTS THAT BELIEVED — WHITE COLLAR DEFENDANTS THAT BELIEVED WHAT THEY WERE DOING IS RIGHT AND PROCEEDED

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