Why the ‘Bold’ Prosecution of Alec Baldwin Could End in Disaster

Legal experts say prosecutors will face an uphill battle in securing a conviction against actor Alec Baldwin, who will be charged with involuntary manslaughter for a tragic

on-set shooting that left a young cinematographer dead. “This is a very aggressive prosecution,” former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani told The Daily Beast. “This is

overcharging, in my opinion.” On Thursday, the Santa Fe district attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies announced her office planned to file charges against Baldwin and 25-year-old

armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed for the Oct. 2021 fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, on the set of indie western Rust. Baldwin insisted that he didn’t know the

Colt revolver was loaded when it accidentally went off as he pointed it at Hutchins. The incident also wounded the film’s 49-year-old director, Joel Souza. Baldwin and

Gutierrez Reed are expected to face two charges each by the end of the month—involuntary manslaughter, and involuntary manslaughter in the commission of a lawful act. The latter

charge has an added mandatory penalty of five years in prison because it was carried out with a firearm. “On my watch, no one is above the law, and everyone deserves

justice,” Carmack-Altwies said. But while Carmack-Altwies alleged that “the evidence clearly shows a pattern of criminal disregard for safety” on set, legal experts

canvassed by The Daily Beast are not convinced. In fact, most believed the decision to file charges was more about setting an example than the facts at hand. For Duncan

Levin, a former federal prosecutor who has defended several high-profile clients, the move speaks more to Baldwin’s celebrity than the allegations themselves.