Kate Mangels recently spoke with Reuters, Fox, Variety, and The A.V. Club about Alec Baldwin’s involuntary manslaughter charge for the death of ‘Rust’ cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
When discussing the difficulty of convicting Baldwin for involuntary manslaughter with Reuters, Kate remarked, “There doesn’t seem to be a lot of evidence that people were acting in a way that they were actually aware of what the danger was, and acting with disregard for the danger.” She expanded on this observation when she spoke to Variety, noting that “There needs to be evidence that he was aware of the danger,” and that she hadn’t “seen evidence of his actual awareness.” Despite these factors, she explained the reasoning behind the charges to Fox News Digital, sharing, “I think potentially what the prosecution here did was charged Alec Baldwin with sort of a more serious crime with potentially the expectation that they’ll get an agreement to a lesser, less serious crime.”
The A.V. Club’s article examined the factors that would be required for Alec Baldwin to be convicted. “What you need in any criminal case is you need sort of a wrongful act, but then you also need some sort of mental state associated with it,” Kate shared. “If there’s proof that he pulled the trigger, then one part of the two-part test for whether he is guilty of manslaughter is satisfied, which is he took some action that caused the death of someone else.”
For more of Kate’s commentary on the case, read the full articles below.