Candice Fields, a prominent California white-collar criminal defense attorney, achieved a significant victory in the court of public opinion through her representation of Rick Singer, the infamous mastermind and lead defendant in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal. Singer orchestrated a wide-ranging, 25 million-dollar bribery scheme to help wealthy parents get their children into top U.S. universities. Despite the severity of the charges, the high-profile nature of the case, and a pre-existing plea deal that exposed Singer to a prison sentence of at least 15 years, Fields convinced a federal judge to a sentence of just 3 ½ years.
Fields has been praised by many within the legal community for her successful defense of Singer. While the government sought a sentence of 6 years (recognizing Singer’s cooperation but penalizing him for obstruction), the Court agreed with Fields’ arguments that her client’s remorse, mental and emotional condition, and community ties justified a much shorter sentence. Fields’ performance in this high-profile case was seen as a major victory for her client and a testament to her prowess in the courtroom.
For those who believe in the power and function of the justice system, Candice Fields’ effective defense of Rick Singer shows that even those accused of serious federal crimes can obtain a fair and just outcome.