Alec Baldwin’s ‘Rust’ Lawyer Andrea Reep Quits

  • The New Mexico special prosecutor in the “Rust” manslaughter case against actor Alec Baldwin and a co-defendant has resigned.
  • Baldwin’s attorneys sought to disqualify attorney Andrea Reep because she was a state legislator.
  • Reb’s decision was the second major setback in the case against Baldwin.
  • After admitting to Baldwin’s lawyers that he abused the law, he previously waived a so-called five-year sentence enhancement.

Alec Baldwin at the Hamptons International Film Festival on October 7, 2021.

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New Mexico’s special prosecutor in the “Rust” murder case against actor Alec Baldwin and a co-defendant stepped down Tuesday after Baldwin’s lawyers said he could not perform that duty while serving as a state legislator.

Andrea Reep’s decision to recuse herself as prosecutor came after weeks of protests by her and Reep’s appointee, First Judicial District Attorney Mary Cormack-Altweiss.

This is the second major setback in the case against Baldwin for the accidental fatal shooting of cameraman Halina Hutchins on the set of the movie “Rust” in October 2021.

Reep dropped the enhanced charge, which previously carried a five-year prison sentence, after he admitted in an email to Baldwin’s lawyers that he abused the law.

“After much thought, I have made the difficult decision to step down as special prosecutor in the ‘Rust’ case,” Reeb said in a statement Tuesday.

“My priority in this case — and in every case I’ve prosecuted in my 25-year career — is to bring justice to the victim,” he said. “However, it has become clear that the best way for me to ensure that justice is served in this case is to step down so that the prosecution can focus on the evidence and facts that clearly demonstrate a complete disregard for basic safety protocols. The death of Halina Hutchins.”

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“I will not allow questions about my work as a legislator and lawyer to obscure the real issue.”

Baldwin’s attorneys in February asked the judge to remove Reep from the case, saying New Mexico’s constitution prevents people from holding office in one branch of government while exercising the powers of another.

Both the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office and Baldwin’s attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Reib’s report.

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