‘Varsity Blues’ Trial Promises Fresh Insights in Old Scandal

The first trial in the “Operation Varsity Blues” college admissions bribery scandal will begin this week.

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FILE— In this April 3, 2019 file photo, investor John Wilson, left, arrives at federal court in Boston with his wife Leslie to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. The first trial stemming from Operation Varsity Blues, the federal government's crackdown on celebrities and ordinary Americans who paid a middleman to get their kids into prestigious colleges and universities, opens Sept. 8, 2021 with jury selection. While the big names like Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli have pleaded guilty and served their time, the upcoming trial will feature lesser known defendants. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
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BOSTON (AP) — The first trial in the “Operation Varsity Blues” college admissions bribery scandal will begin this week, with the potential to shed light on investigators’ tactics and brighten the spotlight on a secretive school selection process many have long complained is rigged to favor the rich. Jury selection is beginning Wednesday in federal court in Boston in the case against two parents — former casino executive Gamal Abdelaziz and former Staples and Gap…

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