SALT LAKE CITY — A U.S. judge issued a stern warning to the parents included in the college admissions scandal on Wednesday: Don’t obstruct justice.
Dozens of parents, including celebrities Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, have been accused of paying bribes so that their children could be accepted into elite universities. On Wednesday, a number of parents appeared in court to face these charges, according to The Associated Press.
U.S. Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley imposed conditions on the defendants’ bail. The defendants were asked to fork over their passports and to remove any firearms from their home, BBC News reports.5 comments on this story
Prosecutors demanded that the accused not be allowed to discuss these charges with their children.
"The kids in these cases are witnesses and this could raise obstruction of justice issues," prosecutor Eric Rosen said, according to BBC News.
But Kelley said, “I just don’t think that’s realistic.”
Kelly said not discussing the cases with the family could be potentially unhealthy, NBC News reports. She recommended that parents seek any legal advice about having family discussions to risk the children interfering in the case.