First sentence in college admission scandal seen as a setback for prosecutors

June 17, 2019 | The Washington Post

For weeks, prosecutors were on a roll. Guilty pleas accumulated in the college admissions bribery scandal: the mastermind, former athletic coaches, a test-taking expert and more than a dozen wealthy parents, including a Hollywood actress. In all, 19 defendants admitted to conspiring to subvert the admissions process and more were preparing to do so.

But the first sentence blunted the prosecution’s momentum.

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