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Kentucky distillery owner will plead not guilty in college admissions scandal

Marci Palatella, the Kentucky distillery owner indicted in the national college admissions scandal, will plead not guilty and fight her charges in federal court. Palatella, CEO of a liquor distribution company that owns Preservation Distillery in Bardstown, and her attorneys filed documents Monday signaling she will waive her right to appear in federal court in Boston for arraignment and will plead not guilty. Palatella, 63, was among the nearly 50 people — including 33 wealthy parents and numerous coaches and administrators — charged March 12 in what authorities say is the nation’s largest-ever college admissions bribery case prosecuted by the Department of Justice.

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