Motion to Dismiss Alec Baldwin's 'Rust' Case Indictment Denied by Judge

Tragedy strikes on set, leading to legal repercussions.

by Nouman Rasool
Motion to Dismiss Alec Baldwin's 'Rust' Case Indictment Denied by Judge
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A New Mexico judge has just ruled not to dismiss the involuntary manslaughter charge against actor Alec Baldwin over the deadly 2021 shooting on the set of "Rust." Baldwin has insisted he was not at fault since Hutchins was fatally injured in the alleged prop gun accident, which also injured the film's director, Joel Souza.

In fact, he had pleaded not guilty to the three charges of involuntary manslaughter that stemmed from that incident. Nonetheless, despite a dismissal of the charges in 2023 because of newly emerged facts and time limits, he was reindicted in January.

The case took a turn when Baldwin's lawyers filed a March motion to dismiss the indictment, which accused the prosecutors of misconduct. They say the prosecution did not only present false testimony and fail to disclose important exculpatory information but rather gave improper instructions to the grand jury, which tainted the process.

The prosecutors act to further publicly slander Baldwin, without payment, towards the serious impact that the ongoing criminal allegations have on his personal and professional life.

Baldwin's On-Set Conduct

The special prosecutors, in response to the accusations, found that Baldwin's behavior on the set actively contributed to the carelessness of the behavior that caused the fatal incident.

The further defense included integrity in the case where it was claimed that all procedures were correct during the grand jury proceedings. "The judge said in an order, after he reviewed grand jury transcripts of January 18 and 19, 2024, that he found no evidence at all of any intentional prosecutorial misconduct.

The judge said the prosecuting attorney's actions in this case 'do not reflect dishonesty or improper motive in the presentation of the case to the grand jury.' ". Involuntary manslaughter was also the ruling for Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the armorer for the movie and thus the person in charge of weapon safety on set, who was sentenced to 18 months in jail; she is filing an appeal.

Baldwin's attorneys issued a statement after the judge ruled in support of the indictment. "We're looking forward to our day in court," adding a short statement for CNN that serves as a further declaration mark on their continued fight to clear Baldwin's name as the legal process moves forward.

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