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With the appeal of Trevor Bauer’s suspension now expected to extend beyond the end of the World Series, one of his attorneys has asked a Los Angeles court to put a rape trial on hold so she can conclude her work on behalf of the Dodgers pitcher.

Actor Danny Masterson, best known for his work on “That ‘70s Show,” was charged in 2020 with three counts of rape.

He has pleaded not guilty, and the trial is set to start Oct. 11.

Shawn Holley, who is representing Masterson and Bauer, has asked Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charlaine Olmedo to delay the start of the trial until January. Holley said the district attorney’s office did not object to the delay.

But one of the alleged victims is objecting in a statement issued through her lawyer, Nina Hawkinson.


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“My life has been tortured for so many years as a result of what happened to me,” said the woman, identified as “Jane Doe 1” in the case. “Finally, the day of justice was coming and now I see there is another excuse to delay justice, which will only cause greater damage to me and the other victims.

“I hope the Court sees that the matters in this trial, the rights of the victims, and the need for finality of this important matter trump a scheduling conflict related to baseball.”

The appeal of Bauer’s suspension started May 23 and now is expected to last until November, Holley told the court. The appeal is heard intermittently, but Holley said she is “working full-time” on proceedings that she said involve “voluminous” evidence and could include as many as 22 witnesses, only four of whom have completed testimony before an independent arbitrator.

In April, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred suspended Bauer for two years because he violated baseball’s policy on sexual assault and domestic violence. Under the policy, negotiated between the league and the players’ union, Manfred is empowered to suspend a player even if he is not charged with a crime.

Bauer has not been charged, and he has maintained he did not violate the policy. In accordance with the player confidentiality promised under the policy, Manfred has not said what Bauer did to warrant the suspension.


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The woman whose sexual assault allegations against Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer spurred an investigation that led to his suspension says her claims were not “bogus.”

Bauer is the first player suspended under the policy to appeal, the first to be suspended more than one year, and the first with whom more than one alleged victim has been publicly identified.

The league’s investigation started when a San Diego woman accused him of sexual assault; two other women have told the Washington Post of similar interactions with Bauer and have spoken with league investigators.

Bauer has sued the San Diego woman for defamation, claiming she lied about her sexual encounters with him to destroy his reputation and career while enriching herself. In response, the woman said those allegations were “false, fabricated, or bogus.”

In 2021, Bauer signed a three-year, $102-million contract with the Dodgers. If the suspension is upheld in its entirety, Bauer would forfeit about $60 million.

A hearing on whether to delay the rape trial is scheduled for Aug. 17.

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Murder Suspect Gets Life In Prison For Murder, Robbery At Waldorf Hotel: State's Attorney

A 33-year-old Maryland man with a lengthy criminal history will likely never be free again after being sentenced for murdering his victim during an armed robbery at a Charles County hotel, the state's attorney announced.

Charles County Circuit Court Judge William Greer, Jr. sentenced Marc Carlyle McLaughlin to life in prison, plus 30 years for the first-degree felony murder of Kenneth Brawner, attempted armed robberies, and related charges following his conviction in May.

On Sept. 21, 2020, Tony Covington, the State’s Attorney for Charles County said that officers responded to the Master Suites Hotel in the 2200 block of Old Washington Road in Waldorf, where there was a reported shooting.

Upon arrival, officers said that they found Brawner in one of the hotel’s rooms with a gunshot wound to his stomach.

Covington said that he was treated and transported to Prince George’s County Hospital Center for treatment, where he was later pronounced dead.

The investigation determined that before the shooting, McLaughlin conspired with Terrence Wills to rob the occupants of Brawner’s hotel room.

McLaughlin knocked on the door of Brawner’s room, gained entry, and brandished a gun, investigators said.

Witnesses stated that McLaughlin demanded money from Brawner and then shot him. He then left the scene after the shooting and discarded the sweatshirt that he was wearing in an attempt to evade police.

Specifically, McLaughlin was charged with:

  • First-degree murder;
  • Multiple counts of use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence;
  • Attempted armed robbery;
  • First-degree assault;
  • Firearm possession with a previous felony conviction;
  • Wearing, carrying, or transporting a handgun;
  • Conspiracy armed robbery;
  • Conspiracy to commit home invasion;
  • Conspiracy to commit armed robbery;
  • Conspiracy to commit first-degree assault.

Assistant State's Attorney Kathryn Marsh asked for the maximum sentence from Greer in court on Monday, Aug. 15.

“We are here because of the actions of the defendant. He has a long history of taking what he wants without regard to the consequences,” she said. “The defendant’s history shows he is not willing to comply with the law.”

Greer made note that Brawner was living in the hotel room where he was murdered, saying that “people have the right to feel safe in their residence, whether permanent or temporary – that right was violated in the most egregious manner.”

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