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Tax Notes Talks to Arielle Borsos on Sentencing in the College Admissions Scandal

May 28, 2019, Tax Notes

New rules from the First Step Act and sentencing guidelines amendments could be on display when judges start deciding on punishment for participants in the recent massive college bribery scheme.

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The First Step Act and sentencing guidelines changes may lead to shortened prison sentences combined with terms of home confinement, according to Arielle M. Borsos of Caplin & Drysdale. Further, behavior like acknowledging responsibility and pleading guilty early may incline a judge toward more home confinement and less prison time, she said.

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Borsos noted a recent study from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse that found differences in sentencing trends between individual judges and among different courthouses. The data show inconsistencies between which judges stick to the guidelines and which ones tend to vary from them, she said.

Most of the Varsity Blues parents who pleaded guilty will be sentenced by the same judge, Judge Indira Talwani of the District of Massachusetts. Borsos said that this may limit the variances in sentences to the differences between the defendants.

The high profile of the case is another factor that could affect the result at sentencing, and it isn’t clear yet what that effect would be, Borsos said.

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Excerpt taken from the article “Massive College Fraud Scheme Could Showcase New Sentencing Rules" by Nathan Richman for Tax Notes.


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