Sentencing to Send a Message and Other Developments

Prosecutors discuss damage caused by admissions bribery; another guilty plea; humor.

June 10, 2019
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At left, John Vandemoer, former Stanford sailing coach

As the weeks pass, more details are emerging about the fallout faced by those involved in the admissions scandal.

Sentencing With a Message

Sentencing memorandums were filed Friday in the case of John Vandemoer, the former sailing coach at Stanford University, who admitted to accepting more than $600,000 in bribes to help get two applicants admitted. The money went to his sailing program, and only one of the students enrolled (although she has since been kicked out).

Vandemoer's lawyer urged the court to be lenient, writing in his memorandum that the former coach had been "misguided" but was only trying "to help the sailing program he loved."

But prosecutors, in urging jail time, said that his case must be viewed with a wider perspective.

"His actions not only deceived and defrauded the university that employed him, but also validated a national cynicism over college admissions by helping wealthy and unscrupulous applicants enjoy an unjust advantage over those who either lack deep pockets or are simply unwilling to cheat to get ahead," said the prosecution memo.

Another Guilty Plea

Also last week prosecutors announced that Ali Khosroshahin, former head coach for women's soccer at the University of Southern California, has agreed to plead guilty to racketeering. He is charged with accepting bribes to designate some applicants -- who were not in fact athletes -- as recruited athletes so that they could earn admission to USC.

One of his assistant coaches has already pleaded guilty in the case.

‘We’ve Earned This’

And for those still seeking the chance to chuckle about the admissions scandal …

It's the time of year when television shows promote their candidacies for an Emmy Award with "for your consideration" ads. Above is the ad for the show Family Guy. The main characters' faces are Photoshopped on top of the real bodies of rowers (a real tactic in some of the admissions scandal cases). The caption says, "We've earned this."


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