The DA in New Mexico made it clear this week that Alec Baldwin and other Rust producers' settlement for the wrongful death of cinematographer Halnya Hutchins does not mean Baldwin won't face criminal charges in the incident.
"The proposed settlement announced today in Matthew Hutchins’ wrongful death case against ‘Rust’ movie producers, including Alec Baldwin, in the death of Halyna Hutchins will have no impact on District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altweis’ ongoing investigation or her ultimate decision whether to file criminal charges in the case," Heather Brewer, spokesperson, Office of the First Judicial District Attorney, State of New Mexico, told Fox News Digital.
"While civil suits are settled privately and often involve financial awards, criminal cases deal only in facts," Brewer continued. "If the facts and evidence warrant criminal charges under New Mexico law then charges will be brought. No one is above the law."
It is usually easier to get a civil settlement than a criminal conviction because standards of evidence are higher in criminal cases, but it is clear the DA's office is still investigating and hasn't decided whether criminal charges could be brought.
If Baldwin thought a settlement would make the whole thing go away, he's got another thing coming.
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