Legal experts discuss possible criminal charges against Alec Baldwin


The repercussions for Baldwin — the film’s executive producer — could include negligent manslaughter charges, according to Joseph Costa, an attorney with Costa Law in Los Angeles.


“As an executive producer, you are in a position of control and you can get prosecuted criminally.”


New Mexico criminal attorney Erlinda Johnson, a former state and federal prosecutor, said the 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.”


She 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.”

“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.


“Yes, it might be found out that another producer did more to cut corners. I don’t think there will be anything as bad as a murder charge but this is going to be a legal nightmare for Baldwin.”


“The facts have yet to come out but as to potential criminal charges they will look to his possible negligence,” Rachel Fiset, a criminal lawyer with the LA firm of Zweiback, Fiset & Coleman, told The Post.“


His problems don’t lie in what he did as an actor. It will certainly come out that he thought he was firing a blank. The real issue is his role as a producer and the safety protocols – or lack thereof – on the set. If real negligence is proven, that could result in criminal charges.”


“The other thing that’s troubling is that the union members left the set and scabs were brought in to take over,” said Kuby. “Obviously, they failed to follow safety protocols. To the extent that Baldwin authorized the employment of incompetent scab labor, he faces serious liability.”




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