Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli paid $500,000 to ensure her two daughters were accepted into the University of Southern California, including falsifying pictorial evidence that her daughters were rowing athletes.
And now the couple have finally been sentenced after a drawn out legal battle; Loughlin will be spending two months in jail, with a further two years under supervised release.
She’ll also have to serve 100 hours in community service and pay a $150,000 fine.
But as people are pointing out, this isn’t exactly in keeping with other legal precedents set, especially in the sentencing of Black individuals for similar offences.
In 2012, Tanya McDowell, a Black woman, was sentenced to five years in prison on several charges, including felony larceny for falsifying her address so she could send her son to what was considered a better school in a different district.
While there are some differences between her and Loughlin’s charges, the cases are similar enough that people are drawing obvious comparisons and asking questions.
Like why a rich white woman who went to such lengths to cheat the fair process got such a lighter sentence.
There’s also been comparisons to other cases featuring Black mothers.
Like Crystal Mason, a mother of three who got five years in prison for voting when she was unaware those with prior felonies weren’t allowed to.