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Actress Felicity Huffman Was Meant To Stay In Jail Until Sunday, She Was Released Early From Jail Today

Actress Felicity Huffman was released from prison early on Friday after being sentenced to 14 days due to her part in the college admissions scandal. According to a Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman, Huffman’s scheduled release date was meant to be on Sunday. Instead, she was released early because of a policy that allows for early releases to take be released on Fridays if their schedule release dates are on the weekend.

According to an insider, Huffman is feeling “hopeful” and “blessed” about her release.

Speaking to In Touch Weekly, the insider said that “Felicity knows she’s going to get a lot of flak for only spending 11 days behind bars, but prison really opened her eyes to a whole new world,” the insider shared. “It was very isolating, she felt trapped and claustrophobic, but she never complained. She didn’t have an appetite, she lost a little weight, but she did eat some of the food, which wasn’t tasty at all.”

Earlier this week, the Oscar-nominated actress drew attention once again when she was seen walking a jail yard for the first time since turning herself into prison for her part in the college admissions scandal.

Wearing a green prison jumpsuit, Huffman could be seen walking the outdoor area of the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California. The prison is located about five-and-a-half hours away from Los Angeles where she lives with her husband and daughters and holds a total of 1,232 inmates. According to reports, Huffman was visited over the weekend at the low-security correctional facility by her husband, “Shameless” actor William H. Macy, and her younger daughter. The facility’s website says that inmates are allowed to be visited by friends and family on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Huffman was set to serve 13 days in prison and was expected to finish her sentence this Saturday on Oct. 27.

In May, she pled guilty to paying William “Rick” Singer— dubbed the college admissions scandal mastermind— $15,000 to have a proctor change her daughter’s SAT answers after her test was taken.

In a statement to People Magazine, a representative for the actress said that she “is prepared to serve the term of imprisonment Judge Talwani ordered as one part of the punishment she imposed for Ms. Huffman’s actions. She will begin serving the remainder of the sentence Judge Talwani imposed — one year of supervised release, with conditions including 250 hours of community service — when she is released.”

In addition to her time in federal prison, Huffman was required to pay a $30,000 fine and perform 250 hours of community service. She will also be required to commit to one year of supervised release.

During her trial in September, Huffman apologized to her family and the judge saying she was “deeply ashamed” of her actions.

“In my desperation to be a good mother I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot,” Huffman said while reading a letter to the court. “I see the irony in that statement now because what I have done is the opposite of fair. I have broken the law, deceived the educational community, betrayed my daughter and failed my family.”

Huffman went on to further say that “I am deeply ashamed of what I have done. At the end of the day, I had a choice to make. I could have said, ‘no.’” 

In a statement to the press, Huffman went on to further apologize to those students she had hurt through her decisions.

“There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period,” she said in her statement. “And I especially want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices supporting their children.”

While actress Lori Loughlin is the other big name caught up in the admissions scandal, only 10 parents who pled guilty to conspiracy fraud have been sentenced.

According to reports, Loughlin- who has so far stuck to a plea of not guilty, reached out to Felicity Huffman for support. Loughlin was initially charged with conspiracy fraud in March but fought the charge with her husband Mossimo Giannulli and was charged back in April with a count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in a superseding indictment as a result. For other parents caught up in the scandal, punishments have ranged from five months in prison to no prison time at all. According to federal prosecutors, 50 people were involved in the nationwide fraud that gave privileged and wealthy students a backdoor into prestigious universities. Besides Huffman, nine other parents have been sentenced so far.  

Twenty-Three Children Have Been Rescued From Kidnappers After Being Found In A House In Chiapas, Mexico

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Twenty-Three Children Have Been Rescued From Kidnappers After Being Found In A House In Chiapas, Mexico

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The search for a two-year-old boy named Dylan Esaú Gómez Pérez, who went missing three weeks ago, has led to the rescue of 23 other abducted children. At the time of his kidnapping, Pérez had been with his mother in a market in Chiapas, Mexico. Surveillance video of the kidnapping showed Pérez being taken away from the market by a young girl. The video tipped off authorities to a broader scheme where children were being used to abduct other minors.

After Pérez’s disappearance, his mother and other family member began a desperate search to find him and bring him home.

Juana Pérez, the boy’s mother, traveled to Mexico City earlier this month as part of an effort to appeal to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to help find her son. Like her son, Juana speaks the Indigenous language Tzotzil. She works at the market where her son had been taken and sells produce there. Speaking with authorities investigating his case, she explained that it was customary for him to sometimes wander off to play. Kidnapping had previously never been an issue that she had heard of occurring at the market before.

In an interview with the National Palace in Mexico City, Juana said that her son was not amongst the children that had been found by authorities.

“None of the children (rescued) is my son,” Pérez said in an interview according to ABC11. “I haven’t heard anything about my son.” The outlet says Juana described her son as “a chubby, happy boy who market vendors nicknamed ‘Gordito’ and tearfully appealed for help in finding him.”

The search for Pérez continues but officials say that his kidnapping has led to the rescue of over twenty-three other abducted children.

In a statement issued by the Chiapas state prosecutors’ office, it was confirmed that the children were between the ages of 2 and 15 years old. They were found by officers in a home in the colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas.

Three infants between three and 20 months old, were also found during the raid which took place on Monday. According to the prosecutors’ office, the children “were forced through physical and psychological violence to sell handicrafts in the center of the city.” The statement added that the abducted minors showed signs of “malnutrition and precarious conditions.”

“According to the children, many of them were forced to go out on the streets to sell things, and moreover they were forced to return with a certain minimum amount of money for the right to get food and a place to sleep at the house,” state prosecutor Jorge Llaven told ABC11.
Prosecutors say the children were forced to sleep on sheets of cardboard laid out on a cement floor.

Three women have been arrested in the case and will likely face human trafficking and forced labor charges. The rescued children have been handed over to child welfare authorities while the search for Dylan Esaú Gómez Pérez continues.

A White Couple Attacked A Black Hotel Worker At A Quality Inn

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A White Couple Attacked A Black Hotel Worker At A Quality Inn

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Crystal Caldwell, a 59-year-old front desk worker at a Quality Inn in Mystic Connecticut was on duty when a guest called her to complain that his hot water was not working. What should have been a quickly fixed mistake, soon became an all-out assault against Caldwell and is now being investigated as a hate crime.

Two suspects were arrested after being accused of attacking a Black hotel worker in Connecticut.

According to The Day newspaper Caldwell had offered the man over the phone to have his hot water fixed or find him a new room but before things could be resolved the man became irate and cursed at her. Things began to escalate when he claimed he would send his girlfriend to “kick her a**.” 

According to the New York Daily News, the man who has been identified as Philip Sarner headed to the front desk to confront Caldwell. She called her supervisors who tried to calm him down but Sarner soon attacked her and tried to jump over the desk. In the midst of his rage, he called her an “old monkey” while repeatedly punching her.

After police were called, Caldwell went to get ice from the hotel’s hallway and was soon confronted by Sarner’s girlfriend Emily Orbay. Orbay attacked her and was soon joined by Sarner.

The violent attack left Caldwell with bruises, damage to her right eye, and a concussion. She also suffers from injuries to her rib.

Caldwell was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries.

Caldwell claims that during the attack the two called her racial slurs and criticized the Black Lives Matter movement.

Caldwell says that during the attack Orbay and Sarner yelled “Black Lives Matter? Your life doesn’t matter, you don’t deserve to live on this earth.” Both Orbay and Sarner were arrested on Monday in Brooklyn, New York by United States Marshals and NYPD. According to NBC Connecticut reports “Sarner is charged with second degree assault, third degree assault and intimidation based on bigotry and bias. Orbay is charged with two counts of third degree assault and intimidation based on bigotry and bias.”

Caldwell says the incident was very hard for her and an implication of a much bigger problem in our society.

“I am almost 60 years old, for him to want to physically fight me is very, very, very, very hard for me,” Caldwell said. “I should not have to be begging for my life, that was devastating because there are people that are dying, that are dead. This goes beyond police, these are just regular people, American citizens with hate. That man had so much hate for me in his heart.”