FOX NEWS JUDGE NAPOLITANO CALLS 10-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE FOR LORI LOUGHLIN 'RIDICULOUS': 'NOBODY WAS REALLY HARMED'
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FOX NEWS JUDGE NAPOLITANO CALLS 10-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE FOR LORI LOUGHLIN ‘RIDICULOUS’: ‘NOBODY WAS REALLY HARMED’

BY JENNI FINK

Actor Lori Loughlin is facing hefty jail time for her role in the college admission scandal, a potential sentence Judge Andrew Napolitano argued was “ridiculous.”

“The definition of crime for 600 years included the word ‘harm,'” Napolitano told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo on Monday. “Nobody was harmed here.”

Loughlin, one of the parents indicted in the college admission scandal, is accused of paying $500,000 to facilitate her two daughters’ admission to the University of Southern California.

While parents who pleaded guilty received lenient sentences, in October, Loughlin was hit with a third indictment, which tacked on the charge of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery. Her arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday.

This past Wednesday, Toby MacFarlane, a parent who engaged in similar behavior, received six months in prison. Given that it was the longest sentence issued yet, Napolitano said Loughlin may be rethinking the decision to not take a deal.

“Whether she got bad legal advice or whether she was determined to tell a Boston jury that she thought she was doing the right thing…it’s too late to unwind this,” Napolitano said.

The judge speculated that prosecutors wouldn’t be keen on dismissing the two additional charges and any plea that was offered would consider the potential sentences of all three charges.

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Actor Lori Loughlin visits the Build Brunch to discuss the Hallmark Channel TV series “When Calls the Heart” at Build Studio on February 14 in New York City. Loughlin is set to be arraigned on Wednesday for charges stemming from the college admissions scandal.GARY GERSHOFF/GETTY

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