Danny Masterson prosecutor: 'Scientology is inextricably connected to this case' - 2021-04-30

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F347.png Danny Masterson prosecutor: 'Scientology is inextricably connected to this case' April 30, 2021, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Danny Masterson's criminal defense attorneys Tom Mesereau and Sharon Appelbaum were back in court yesterday for a hearing that wasn't listed on the publicly available docket. We learned about it through the court's media relations department, who told us that Masterson had made yet another attempt to delay the all-important preliminary hearing and was once again denied. The prelim is still scheduled for May 18.

Over the last couple of weeks Masterson's legal team has thrown a number of different motions at the court, asking for delays or outright dismissals and for the prosecutors to turn over more evidence or to remove redactions from the evidence that's already been turned over.

We certainly understand why Masterson's team has stepped up their efforts in recent days. As we explained earlier, the prelim beginning on May 18 will present live testimony from the three victims he's accused of raping in incidents between 2001 and 2003, with only a limited opportunity for the defense to put on its own case. In a prelim the prosecutor is trying to convince the court, in this case Judge Charlaine Olmedo, that there's enough cause to merit a trial, so the case presented is more limited than in a full-blown trial. If Masterson is convicted at trial, he's facing 45 years to life in prison.

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{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Danny Masterson prosecutor: 'Scientology is inextricably connected to this case' | url = https://tonyortega.org/2021/04/30/danny-masterson-prosecutor-scientology-is-inextricably-connected-to-this-case/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = April 30, 2021 | accessdate = May 3, 2021 }}