Joseph Costa, of Costa Law in LA, explained to the New York Post that the incident involving the Hollywood actor is the ‘equivalent of drinking and driving’.
The lawyer stated: “As an executive producer, you are in a position of control and you can get prosecuted criminally.
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“It’s the equivalent of drinking and driving, meaning someone may not have intended to cause great harm but they do.”
Former state and federal prosecutor Erlinda Johnson shared a similar view on the issue, adding that it would have to be proved the 63-year-old was ‘engaged in a lawful, but dangerous act’.
“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.”
However, the criminal lawyer said that Baldwin’s defence could perhaps be that someone reportedly handed him the gun.
She added: “Clearly someone didn’t do their due diligence. They should have been checking those guns to make sure there were no live rounds.”
Following the tragedy, it’s believed that Baldwin has reached out to Hutchins’ family and is being ‘very supportive’.
He told the publication: “I don’t think there are words to communicate the situation.
“I am not going to be able to comment about the facts or the process of what we’re going through right now, but I appreciate that everyone has been very sympathetic.
“I think that we will need a little bit of time before we can really encapsulate her life in a way that is easy to communicate.”
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