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Stars in College Bribery Scandal Lawyer Up

Huffman, Loughlin hire high-powered Boston lawyers
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2019 3:46 AM CDT
In this Feb. 28, 2019 photo, actress Lori Loughlin poses with her daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli, left, at the 2019 "An Unforgettable Evening" in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
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(Newser) – Celebrity parents accused of trying to buy college admission for their children have bought themselves some top-notch legal representation. Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin have hired some of the most high-powered lawyers in Boston, where they have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud in connection with the scandal, the Los Angeles Times reports. Former Desperate Housewives star Huffman was initially represented by Blair Berk, described by the Times as "Hollywood's top criminal defense attorney," but she will now be represented by Marty Murphy of Boston-based firm Foley Hoag.

Loughlin, meanwhile, has hired a legal team that includes Sean Berkowitz, former head of the Justice Department's Enron task force, Law.com reports. Huffman and Loughlin are among dozens of parents accused of paying an "admissions consultant" hefty sums to help their children get into college by cheating on exams and falsifying athletic records. CBS reports that Huffman and Loughlin have both deleted their social media accounts and Huffman has also removed her "What the Flicka?" parenting website. (A California mother is suing people involved in the case for $500 billion.)

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