Masterson: Judge unimpressed by Scientology whining, denies request for sanctions - 2020-03-11
Judge Steven Kleifield denied Scientology's motions for sanctions today in a hearing held at the Los Angeles Superior Court and otherwise brushed aside a lot of whining and bellyaching by attorneys for Scientology and Danny Masterson in order to reschedule various matters in a lawsuit filed by four women who say Masterson raped them.
At issue in today's hearing were a couple of important issues. First, a slate of out-of-state attorneys behind the lawsuit are seeking to be admitted to the case formally. Usually, such a "pro hac vice" request is a formality, but Scientology had objected with overheated rhetoric about how the mostly Philadelphia-based attorneys, including Brian Kent, Marci Hamilton, and Stewart Ryan — the prosecutor who had put Bill Cosby in prison — were abusing the pro hac vice privilege after applying for it too many times in recent years.
Judge Kleifield expressed some surprise that there would be so much "controversy" over something so minor (get used to it, judge), but, in what seemed like a smart move and out of an abundance of caution, he asked the attorneys seeking to be admitted to file declarations with more information about their recent appearances in California, and then scheduled another hearing on the matter for April 22.