It was recently reported by TrendingPolitics that according to Fox News opinion writer Gregg Jarrett, actor Alec Baldwin could be charged with negligent manslaughter after he shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the New Mexico film set of “Rust.
The comments from Jarrett came during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.
“He could be charged with criminally negligent homicide involuntary manslaughter which is grossly negligent and reckless conduct,” Jarrett asserted. The failure to exercise due care to protect the crew.”
It was further reported by the New York Post that New Mexico criminal attorney Erlinda Johnson, a former state and federal prosecutor, said the “Beetlejuice” actor could face possible criminal liability for involuntary manslaughter.
“All the state needs to demonstrate is that he was engaged in a lawful but dangerous act and did not act with due caution,” she said. “That’s what the state has to prove for involuntary manslaughter, which is a fourth-degree felony with a maximum penalty of up to 18 months in prison.”
The New York Post went on to report that [Erlinda] speculated that Baldwin may rely on the defense that someone handed him the gun, “but then, well, it was incumbent upon him, since he was handling the gun, to make sure there were no rounds.”
Johnson continued: “Clearly someone didn’t do their due diligence. They should have been checking those guns to make sure there were no live rounds.”
Another Southern California lawyer said no one involved with the film is safe when it comes to getting slapped with a civil complaint.
“Everyone will be sued,” LA defense attorney Denise Bohdan told The Post. “Anyone running that set will be sued, especially when they find out who specifically was cutting corners on the set.