Arguments begin in ‘Rust’ manslaughter case

July 10, 2024
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12 jurors seated

A full 12-person jury was selected yesterday for Baldwin’s trial.

The First Judicial District Court brought in dozens of prospective jurors for questioning. The cameras in the room were turned off to protect their identities and privacy, but the rest of the legal proceedings will be livestreamed. Four alternate jurors were also selected.

Prosecutors asked prospective jurors a series of uniform questions, including whether any of them owned a firearm, held a concealed carry permit or worked in the film industry.

The windy road to the ‘Rust’ trial

The road to Baldwin’s trial was paved with twists and turns. 

He was originally charged with involuntary manslaughter and a firearm enhancement charge, but the latter charge was eventually dropped. The charges against Baldwin were dismissed altogether in April 2023 as prosecutors cited “new facts in the case.” Then, in January, a grand jury indicted him on involuntary manslaughter once again.

Baldwin’s lawyers last month asked the judge to toss the case, arguing that the firearm was badly damaged during forensic testing at an FBI lab. But their motion was denied.



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