Read the prosecution's smackdown of Danny Masterson's attempt to get out of rape charges - 2020-10-10
On September 18 Scientology celebrity Danny Masterson appeared in court for what was scheduled to be his arraignment on criminal charges that he'd raped three women, all of whom were Scientologists when the incidents occurred. He is facing 45 years to life in prison.
Masterson's attorneys Tom Mesereau and Sharon Appelbaum filed a "demurrer" that day, objecting to the case on legalistic grounds and delaying the arraignment to October 19. The next day we posted Danny's demurrer in full, showing that Masterson was arguing that the alleged incidents, which occurred in 2001 and 2003, were each past the statute of limitations.
In a new document we have for you, Assistant District Attorney Reinhold Mueller takes apart Masterson's demurrer, explaining how the crimes are not out of statute because Masterson is being charged under California's "One Strike Law" for sexual offences, qualifying because there are multiple victims. Under the One Strike Law, Masterson is facing an indeterminate sentence — 45 years to life — and when that's the case, there is no statute of limitations.