Alec Baldwin Movie set Gun situation question

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  1. Vidiot

    Vidiot Now in 4K HDR!

    Hollywood, USA
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  2. townsend

    townsend Senior Member

    Ridgway, CO
    This is somewhat old news, but in an article published at the BBC site (five days ago), it states that the manslaughter charges have been dropped.
    Alec Baldwin: Manslaughter charges dropped over shooting

    "This decision does not absolve Mr Baldwin of criminal culpability and charges may be refiled," the statement continued, adding: "Our follow-up investigation will remain active and ongoing."

    So he is kind in the clear for now, but depending on the ongoing investigation, charges could be brought against him again.
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  3. Crack To The Egg

    Crack To The Egg Forum Resident

    Very important bit…
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  4. GregM

    GregM The expanding man

    Bay Area, CA
    I don't see how that's relevant in a manslaughter charge. They're not accusing Baldwin of murder. Trying to prove it was intentional is not the issue. It was a total accident. Still, a man holding the gun that fired and killed a woman would normally be held accountable. The other person charged with manslaughter wasn't even holding the gun. This is basically proof of a two-tiered justice system. If you're elite enough, you escape justice.
  5. audiomixer

    audiomixer As Bald As The Beatles

    Just like a certain former President who will go unnamed.
  6. Jerry

    Jerry Grateful Gort Staff

    New England
    He is elite too, and was in the movies. Not sure he’ll escape justice.
  7. audiomixer

    audiomixer As Bald As The Beatles

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  8. GregM

    GregM The expanding man

    Bay Area, CA
    Yeah. Orange man bad. :rolleyes:
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  9. Jerry

    Jerry Grateful Gort Staff

    New England
    Criminally bad!
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  10. GregM

    GregM The expanding man

    Bay Area, CA
    Allegedly. And yet not nearly as bad as pointing a gun and killing someone, which is actually the subject of this thread.
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  11. Jerry

    Jerry Grateful Gort Staff

    New England
    You made it political with your comment about elites and two-tier justice. As always, you can’t help yourself. If you continue, you know what happens next.
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  12. GregM

    GregM The expanding man

    Bay Area, CA
    Nonsense. Elite is an apolitical term. I didn't make it political. One of the accused is still facing charges while the man who held the gun that killed the victim is off the hook. I at least offered an explanation. What's yours?
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  13. Jerry

    Jerry Grateful Gort Staff

    New England
    “Elite” is a dog whistle and you know that.

    I suggest you drop it.
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  14. George Blair

    George Blair Senior Member

    Portland, OR
    Holding a gun is in an actor's job description. It's only real because someone else ****ed up. How obvious does it need to be?
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  15. NettleBed

    NettleBed Forum Transient

    new york city
    No, they wouldn't. And yes, I'm an attorney. Manslaughter is NOT normally what you get charged with when there is an accident, as appears to be the case here, which is why just about every attorney on TV thought that the initial charges were weak and were an example of a DA trying to get attention.
    (typical cases of involuntary manslaughter would be when a parent or guardian leaves a kid locked in the car on an extremely hot day and the kid dies. Or when a doctor or some other professional who owes a specific duty of care to someone else recklessly disregards that duty and the result is a death).

    I personally withheld judgement on this matter when it first made the news, because we didn't know all of the facts.

    At this point, there does not appear to be material facts that the public doesn't know. Nobody has asserted that Baldwin had any motive to kill, or that he knew or should have known that the gun was loaded.

    No motive, plus no knowledge that his firearm was loaded or likely loaded cannot = a homicide conviction. He's an actor - he doesn't need to check whether it's loaded to avoid criminal charges if he fires it at someone. That's somebody else's job.

    And even if you DO know that it's loaded, shooting somebody can still be an accident for which there is no criminal liability. See: Dick Cheney, quail hunter.
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  16. SandAndGlass

    SandAndGlass Twilight Forum Resident

    This is up to how the law would be interpreted.

    Say I gave someone that gun and told them it was not loaded or loaded with blanks.

    That person then points said gun at another, cooks the hammer and pulls the trigger.

    BANG! The gun fires and kills another person. Is that a crime?

    It might be, as specially if it was deliberately being pointed at that person.

    You don't point any gun at another person and pull the trigger.

    Just because this action took place on a movie set does not necessarily justify it in terms of the law.

    So when I say this, it wouldn't matter who pointed the gun and pulled the trigger. In this regard, I don't think that Baldwin would be any more responsible than another actor standing in his place.

    On the other hand, actors have been firing guns on movie sets even before there were sound movies. So this would be a usual occurrence within the scope of making a movie.

    Just a matter of interpretation...
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  17. SandAndGlass

    SandAndGlass Twilight Forum Resident

    I don't personally see it as a political term. I looked it up. Here is the short definition:

    "a select group that is superior in terms of ability or qualities to the rest of a group or society."

    Such as:

    "the elite of Britain's armed forces"

    Elite could be applied to many different groups. For it to be expressly political, it would have to be used within a specific political context.

    Moving on...

    This is a problem I have had since the very beginning. The person who was ultimately responsible for safety on the set was charged in almost the first few minutes. Almost immediately he was given a plea deal in exchange for testimony and immunity. For that deal, he was given 6-months of unsupervised probation.

    In my opinion, that deal should have never been made as specially that early in the game.

    Basically, by doing this, the prosecution destroyed its own case from the outset.

    The armorer on the set has been attacked by the media from the beginning. My position is that she was not inexperienced with handling firearms on movie set. She grew up with the trade as her father was very well known in the business and she grew up around firearms on many movie sets.

    She was 24-years-old at the time. Most people in the infantry are younger than this. She has photos if herself with movie props, so what? Lots of people who work on movie sets do the same thing.

    Had she had possession of the gun, loaded the gun and handed the gun directly to Baldwin, that would be one thing.

    But, that clearly was not what occurred. She gave up possession of the gun when she gave it to the individual who was responsible for overall safety on the set and the one that the prosecution offered the plea bargain to.

    She neither had possession of the gun nor was the weapon even within her line if sight when it was given by the other person to Baldwin.

    She clearly bears no responsibility!

    This other individual was responsible for checking the gun before he handed it to Baldwin. That was his responsibility. That individual was Assistant Director Dave Halls.

    Basically in dropping charges against Baldwin they are either saying that they no longer believe his guilt or that they lack sufficient evidence to obtain a conviction from a jury, beyond a reasonable doubt.

    In this case, both are probably true. This means that this should also apply to the armorer. Any responsibility that she might have was given up when she lost control over the weapon. She was not even inside if the church when the shooting occurred. She was in no position to effect the outcome one way or another. She would have no way of knowing what Baldwin was or was not going to do. This was a rehearsal, no gun was supposed to be fired. No cameras were rolling.

    Her charges should be immediately dropped.
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  18. zombie dai

    zombie dai people live in dreams, but not in their own

    in different circumstances, the outcome would be very different
  19. Jerry

    Jerry Grateful Gort Staff

    New England
    Listen, this post ends the political discussion.

    “Elite” in this context is a code word, a dog whistle. There’s a history. You can go through your Webster’s dictionary and look up snowflake and woke and find those words also defined with no political context. But anyone using words like “elite” with polarizing political figures like Baldwin, then crying innocence, is insulting out intelligence. Especially those with a history here of injecting their politics into conversations and trying to do it on the sly. And I would say the same to the “other side” if it was say, Clint Eastwood, instead of Baldwin, that was the subject here and labeled “elite” or such.
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  20. NettleBed

    NettleBed Forum Transient

    new york city
    The short answer is "almost certainly no." The longer answer is "definitely no, if you have the job of ascertaining whether the firearm had blanks, and owe this duty to the person firing the gun."
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  21. FramboGND

    FramboGND Chameleon, chameleon

    England / Japan
    Yeah, the gun wouldn't be loaded and the young lady would still be alive :shrug:
    Clearly, this was a terrible accident, and from what I've seen so far, the verdict is sound. Baldwin obviously has political enemies in the US, due to his comedic lampooning, but do they really want to see a man wrongly convicted for something he patently would never have had any intent for?
  22. zombie dai

    zombie dai people live in dreams, but not in their own

    i just hope all people in such circumstances get the same fair treatment
  23. NettleBed

    NettleBed Forum Transient

    new york city
    Well, the only people in such circumstances would be other actors with firearms on the set. I have a hard time believing that any actors would be treated differently, based on who they are, but there is no way to actually know.
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  24. Rich-n-Roll

    Rich-n-Roll Forum Resident

    Washington State
    Similar thing happened to Brandon Lee on the set of the last movie he made "The Crow" only he was killed from being shot by a blank that had a lead tip stuck in the barrel from a previous scene even still...the situation with Alec Baldwin as tragic as it is.. still begs the question why was there live rounds on the set and in the gun ?
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  25. eddiel

    eddiel Senior Member

    Toronto, Canada
    Since you understand the law better than me...I have a what if question.

    I can't recall if the actual scene required him to fire the gun but let's assume it did not.

    With all the other facts as a given i.e. actor not responsible for checking, say the actor is given a weapon with a live round and they think it has dummy or blanks because that's what they were expecting.

    Scene does not require them to fire weapon, but they do, either during the scene or after e.g. kidding around. Is there a potential for a criminal charge in either of those those circumstances if someone is injured, fatally or otherwise? (Asking out of curiosity about the law and not specifically about this case)
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