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Varsity Blues Dads Can Remain Free While Appealing Convictions

  • The two were convicted of bribing their kids’ way into college
  • They’re arguing on appeal that their 2021 trial was unfair
Private equity investor John B. Wilson exits Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston on Oct. 8, 2021.

Private equity investor John B. Wilson exits Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston on Oct. 8, 2021.

Photographer: Erin Clark/The Boston Globe/Getty Images

Two dads found guilty of paying bribes to get their kids into elite schools as phony athletic recruits can remain free while they appeal their convictions.

A federal judge in Boston on Thursday granted the bail requests of private equity investor John B. Wilson and former Wynn Resorts Ltd. executive Gamal Abdelaziz. The two men were the only parents to go to trial out of more than 50 people charged in Operation Varsity Blues crackdown on college-admissions cheating. Both were found guilty by a jury last year.