The internet has been a whirlwind for the past 24 hours after Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman was arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. These charges were made in connection to her involvement in a sting charging several wealthy celebrities in a conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams for their children to obtain college admission to Ivy League universities.
Most recently, the actress' attorney demanded that she be released from custody without bond and on her own recognizance. The bold order has many comparing the scandalous case to Jussie Smollett's, with many highlighting that there is a clear double standard being shown.
According to Variety, Huffman's attorney, Evan Jenness, made the argument. However, the prosecutor, Adam Schleifer demanded, in response, that the judge impose a hefty bail before allowing the actress to be released, claiming that, due to her wealth, her bond should be set at $250,000. The actress boasts $20 million in real-estate holdings and $4 million in liquid assets.
In response to Schleifer's argument that the actress has been dishonest and is well within the wheelhouse of the sum he proposed, Huffman's attorney further objected that she should be released without bail.
"She is simply not the kind of person... who is going to become an international fugitive over this matter," he said of his client.
The judge ultimately sided with the prosecution and ordered that Huffman cough up a $250,000 bond and surrender her passport.
This outrageous initial demand posed by the actress' counsel led many to point comparisons to Jussie Smollett's still unproven case, where he was recently indicted on 16 felony counts by a grand jury. As previously reported, each charge is said to carry a potential sentence of probation to four years behind bars.
This sudden haste in getting "justice" against the Empire star pushed many to take to Twitter to hope for the same result be applied to Huffman.
See how the Twitter community pointed out what they are dubbing a double standard, below:
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