FBI Arrived with Guns Drawn at Felicity Huffman’s House
An over-the-top police response to a non-violent offense.
LAT (“Felicity Huffman awoke to FBI agents with guns drawn at her L.A. home in college cheating raid“):
When Felicity Huffman opened the door to her Los Angeles home at 6 a.m. Tuesday, she was met by FBI agents with their guns drawn, according a source familiar with the incident.
The agents informed her of the charges in a sweeping college admissions fraud case and handcuffed her, the source said. Huffman spent hours in federal custody at a detention center in downtown Los Angeles.
On Tuesday afternoon, Huffman made a brief court appearance. She answered “yes” to several questions from the federal magistrate, including whether she understood the charges against her. She was seated in a glassed-off area with several other defendants. Her husband, actor William H. Macy, sat in court as the magistrate ordered her free on $250,000 bail.
She is expected to appear in a Boston courtroom March 29 to address the charges.
Huffman is accused of disguising a $15,000 charitable payment in the bribery scheme, according to court records. Prosecutors alleged Huffman met with a confidential witness who explained that he could control an SAT testing center and could arrange for someone to proctor her daughter’s test and correct it.
I’ve expressed my thoughts on the overall case yesterday afternoon and don’t have anything to add at this juncture. But, surely, FBI agents showing up at dawn with their guns drawn is an over-the-top police response to a non-violent offense? Huffman is 57 years old. Macy is 69. They’re rich, famous people—and thus with a hell of a lot to lose—with no history of violence. Did agents really think their lives were in danger?