With not guilty plea, Danny Masterson assigned a trial judge his prosecutor knows well - 2021-01-21
We were listening yesterday as Danny Masterson's criminal defense attorney Tom Mesereau entered a not guilty plea for the That '70s Show actor at his arraignment on three counts of forcible rape, which carry a potential penalty of 45 years to life in prison. Masterson himself was not in court.
He was originally charged on June 16, but several different delays had pushed his arraignment to yesterday. Once again Mesereau objected to cameras being in the courtroom, saying that media reports of the case were tainting a potential jury pool, and that it was the media which was largely responsible for the case being charged to begin with.
Prosecutor Reinhold Mueller denied that, saying that the media had nothing to do with it. The court overruled Mesereau's objection and agreed to have cameras present, but didn't permit a live video stream of the matter. (We were still getting a live audio feed at that point thanks to the court's new public access system.)