Can Danny Masterson's attorneys delay his arraignment on rape charges again today? - 2020-11-02
[UPDATE: Masterson's attorneys convinced the court that he's entitled to more discovery before arraignment, and so Judge Sam Ohta moved the arraignment to January 6.]
Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey filed rape charges against Scientology celebrity Danny Masterson on June 16, and here it is November and the That '70s Show actor still hasn't been arraigned or entered a plea.
The Covid pandemic is part of the reason things are taking so long, but also Masterson is paying for high-dollar lawyering from legendary criminal defense attorney Tom Mesereau, and so the case has been delayed in unusual ways. The arraignment was first scheduled for September 18, but that morning Mesereau filed a "demurrer" on Masterson's behalf challenging the legality of the case.
Demurrers are a kind of legal filing and they're fairly common in civil lawsuits. But we're still hearing from legal observers who say they've never seen a demurrer filed in order to challenge a criminal arraignment. Most likely that's because most people facing criminal charges don't have the money to pay for a longshot delaying tactic before they've even entered a plea.