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Jury selection in the Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ trial begins


Judge Jeanine Pirro gave insight on Alec Baldwin’s “Rust” trial as jury selection began Tuesday in New Mexico.

Pirro told “America’s Newsroom” that Baldwin’s case began with “an age old problem.”

“First of all, you never speak to the press. You never do interviews when there’s a death involved. I mean, you can call it an accident, but just because it’s an accident doesn’t mean it isn’t a type of homicide,” she said.

“Understand one thing, the armorer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed — she was charged as the armorer, with involuntary manslaughter. She was convicted. She was convicted and the same experts that they used in that Hannah Gutierrez Reed trial, they will be using in Alec Baldwin’s trial.”

Gutierrez Reed is currently serving an 18-month prison sentence.

Pirro noted there could be a “culture clash” in the court room between Baldwin’s high-end New York lawyers and the small-town prosecutors in Santa Fe.

“The case is significant because it not only represents the death of an individual at a movie set, which is horrific in itself, but it represents the whole issue as to whether or not these kinds of guns, these prop guns, that were supposed to be cold, in other words that didn’t have a live round in them, can be responsible, can be used on a movie set,” Pirro said.

“There should not have been any live rounds anywhere near that set. But we know that there were people who walked off that set, walked off of it because of the danger that was involved in live rounds being shot at that location as well.”

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