One of the district attorneys out in New Mexico, which is the location where actor Alec Bladwin shot two people which resulted in the death of one, states that the shooting may result in strong criminal charges slammed on Baldwin.
Mary Carmack-Altwies, the District Attorney in question, stated to The New York Times that local authorities “haven’t ruled out anything” in regards to the case.
“Everything at this point, including criminal charges, is on the table,” stated Carmack-Altwies to the Times.
Over the past few days, sentiments have been shifting concerning Baldwin, who this past week shot dead a cinematographer while on set to film a shoot in Sante Fe, New Mexico, in a gun mishap. After an outcry of sympathy aimed at the actor, a lot of people are now saying that he should bear some culpability, with some going so far as saying that the on-set killing may even constitute a “criminal killing.”
“The death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins has also been painted as Alec Baldwin’s tragedy,” read a report from the New York Post put out this past Tuesday entitled, “There’s no denying Alec Baldwin’s role in on-set shooting tragedy.”
“Really, it’s not. In fact, Alec Baldwin is likely to be held, at least in part, responsible. ‘If you’re capable of memorizing 120 pages of dialogue, you can memorize four lines of gun safety,” stated Steve Wolf, a special effects and firearms expert, to The Post. “If that scene required him to put the gun to his head and pull the trigger, I’m sure he would have taken a look inside the gun. Wouldn’t you?’”
In another report by the Post, Joseph Costa, an attorney with Costa Law in Los Angeles, was cited as saying that there could, in fact, be consequences for Baldwin, who was the film’s executive producer, which could include charges of negligent manslaughter. “As an executive producer, you are in a position of control and you can get prosecuted criminally,” he stated to the outlet. “It’s the equivalent of drinking and driving, meaning someone may not have intended to cause great harm but they do.”
Another famed layer, Alan Dershowitz, expanded by saying that the ordeal could likely constitute something “criminal.”
Dershowitz stated to The Hill that there are just “two things” that are relatively clear: “Guidelines seem not to have been followed in this case, and the existing guidelines seem insufficient to prevent accidents like this.”
“It is likely, therefore, that the killing of Halyna Hutchins could constitute a homicide — that is, a criminal killing,” he stated. “The remaining questions are who might be criminally responsible for the killing and what degree of homicide fits the evidence?”
“It seems clear that Alec Baldwin was not aware that he was firing a gun capable of expelling a lethal projectile,” wrote the lawyer. “But his role reportedly was not limited to passively being an actor; he may have had some responsibility as one of several producers of the film. The nature of the role of producers varies from film to film, and it is unlikely that Baldwin’s role included responsibility for set safety. But some may think that it was not simply enough for him to accept the word of an assistant director about the gun’s safety, that he perhaps should have independently inspected the gun before firing it. It is unlikely, however, that such an omission would result in criminal responsibility.”
Piers Morgan chimed in with a report set out by the Daily Mail that stated: “The more we learn about Alec Baldwin’s deadly shooting ‘accident’, the more culpable he looks for being executive producer of a chaotic, dangerous sh*t-show run by amateurish cowboys that made the tragedy an accident waiting to happen.”
Morgan ended his report on Baldwin by stating: “I don’t doubt the sincerity of his sadness at the shooting, nor that he had no idea the gun he fired was loaded. But what I do now doubt is Alec Baldwin’s depiction of it as a ‘tragic accident.’ Given what we have discovered about the circumstances leading up to the moment he pulled the trigger, this was an accident waiting to happen.”