Read Danny Masterson's 'demurrer' he's hoping will get his criminal charges dismissed - 2020-09-19
Our legal experts tell us that our perception yesterday wasn't incorrect: They say that it is unusual for a "demurrer" to be filed in a criminal prosecution at this stage, which gives Danny Masterson a chance, however slim, to get his charges dismissed before he's even entered a plea.
That's what happened yesterday in Los Angeles as Masterson's attorney, Tom Mesereau, raised a host of objections about the case, which has the That '70s Show actor facing 45 years to life for allegedly raping three different women in incidents in 2001 and 2003. (See yesterday's curtain-raiser for a breakdown of the individual allegations.)
We had expected that the arraignment would be a very quick affair. Masterson would answer a few questions, plead not guilty to the charges, and the whole thing would be over in minutes. Instead, it took hours. Why? Because Masterson showed up with a large entourage.