Alec Baldwin Asserts Right for Speedy Trial Amidst Fresh ‘Rust’ Case

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Alec Baldwin has recently submitted his initial official response to the renewed charges in the “Rust” case in New Mexico, and the first thing out of his mouth is … hurry up!.

As per the latest legal documents acquired by usnewsdaily Baldwin has been summoned to appear before a judge in New Mexico to respond to the involuntary manslaughter charge being leveled against him once again. He is required to do so on February 1 at 11 AM through an official plea.

The documents indicate that Baldwin can attend the court hearing via phone or video conference, but he must inform the judge of his plea – guilty or not guilty. Given past occurrences, it’s likely that Baldwin will opt for the latter.

Indeed, his lawyers responded almost instantly by submitting documents that emphasize Baldwin’s desire for a swift resolution, underscoring his constitutional right to a speedy trial.

One of the reasons cited by his legal team for wanting to expedite the process is to “minimize public vilification and suspicion.” Additionally, they aim to “avoid the hazards of proving his innocence that often arise after a lengthy delay in prosecution.”

It’s worth recalling that Baldwin was hit with new charges last week, specifically, involuntary manslaughter through negligent use of a firearm, or alternatively, involuntary manslaughter without due caution or circumspection. Before the charges were initially dropped, he was facing similar accusations, and throughout, he staunchly denied any wrongdoing.

This entire situation stems from an incident on the set of “Rust,” where Baldwin was using a prop gun that unexpectedly discharged a live round, fatally injuring the director of photography, Halyna Hutchins.


Baldwin has attributed the incident to a tragic accident. However, prosecutors in New Mexico have suggested criminal activity, and have been pursuing Baldwin for some time now. Baldwin’s first official response to their renewed pursuit essentially amounts to a call for swift action.

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Michelle Watson

Michelle Watson is a national news editor for usnewsdaily national newsgathering team. Prior to joining the desk, Michelle worked to vet and research stories for the Row, usnewsdaily editorial judgement body. Since joining usnewsdaily in 2017, Michelle has played a role in a number major stories for usnewsdaily including the network’s coverage of the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Irma after it made landfall and the tragic shooting deaths of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. She also worked with usnewsdaily political team fact checking the 2020 presidential election. Michelle holds a degree from Louisiana State University in Mass Communication with a minor in history.
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