Alec Baldwin Files Last-Ditch Motions to Dismiss 'Rust' Manslaughter Charge

New Developments Surface in Alec Baldwin's Legal Ordeal.

by Nouman Rasool
Alec Baldwin Files Last-Ditch Motions to Dismiss 'Rust' Manslaughter Charge
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The fatal shooting on the set of "Rust" has developed into a new chapter of the legal showdown for Alec Baldwin with this series of bold legal moves made by his defense team in an attempt to get the involuntary manslaughter charges against him dropped.

Strategically attacking the prosecution's case, Baldwin's attorneys filed two major motions on May 6. The first asks for the indictment to be dismissed for supposedly lacking evidence of the commission of a criminal offense.

On his part, Baldwin's camp insists in his defense that there is not enough credible evidence to infer that the actor knew there was live ammunition in the firearm or that his actions could foreseeably result in the tragic death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Evidence Tampering Claims

MAKING A COMPLICATED SITUATION WORSE, the second motion addresses alleged prosecutorial evidence tampering in an attempt to counterbalance the prosecution's presentation of evidence. Baldwin's attorneys claim that the original condition of the Pietta 45 Colt revolver, a replica used in the incident, has been ruined through FBI forensic testing, a situation that they say denies Baldwin his constitutional right to a fair trial.

The defense, in turn, has stated that the prosecution made no videotape of the gun's state before the test, thereby precluding independent verification of the gun's state of function and safety. These are considered Hail Mary motions for Baldwin — the last-ditch attempts to get his name cleared by his legal team, the federal prosecutors under the Biden administration.

Rahmani noted that while the likelihood of these motions succeeding is minimal, they are essential for preserving Baldwin's right to appeal. He characterized Baldwin’s approach as throwing "everything out there," akin to a kitchen sink strategy, which could potentially shift the burden back onto the prosecution, noted for being "understaffed and overwhelmed." This legal strategy not only seeks to challenge the immediate charges but also aims to expose alleged procedural errors and misconduct by the prosecution.

Baldwin's original motion criticized the handling of evidence and accused the prosecution of systemic abuse. In response, special prosecutors have dismissed Baldwin's claims as misleading and accused his high-profile legal team of lying and manipulation. The legal fight goes on, and jury selection is set to start on July 9.

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