Alec Baldwin files motion to fire special prosecutor from Rust hearing

Alec Baldwin has sought to dismiss the special counsel during an upcoming hearing in the US, saying her participation in the case was “unconstitutional”.

Aldwin’s attorneys argued that Andrea Reeb should be “removed” from the hearing, due to her elected position in the New Mexico House of Representatives.

The Hollywood actor will appear in court for the first time on February 24 and face two charges of manslaughter in connection with the shooting death of cinematographer Rust Halyna Hutchins.

Reeb’s continued service as special counsel in this case is unconstitutional. The legal question is not a close one. She must be disqualified.Alec Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas

The charges were filed by the Santa Fe County District Attorney’s Office last week and Ms. Reeb is listed as the special prosecutor in the case.

“The special counsel in this case, Andrea Reeb, is a member of the New Mexico House of Representatives,” the petition filed by Baldwin attorney Luke Nikas states.

“However, pursuant to Section 1 of Article III of the New Mexico Constitution, an incumbent member of the Legislature may not ‘exercise any powers lawfully attributable’ to both the executive and judicial branch.”

The petition argues that Reeb’s position constitutes a violation of the separation of powers clause of the New Mexico constitution and that she can “make prosecution decisions that serve her legislative interest.”

“Mrs Reeb’s continued service as special counsel in this case is unconstitutional,” the petition states.

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The Hollywood actor will appear in court for the first time on February 24 (Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office/PA)

“The legal question is not a close one. She has to be disqualified.”

Reeb was elected a Republican member of the New Mexico House of Representatives for the 64th district in November 2020, taking over the position last month.

The recommendation to fire her comes after the DA’s office released a list of 44 witnesses for the upcoming hearing, including several members of the film’s production team as well as director Joel Souza.

Souza was also harmed in the October 2021 incident in which a prop gun held by Baldwin exploded and killed Ms. Hutchins.

No charges have been made for the shooting death of the director.

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