Alec Baldwin’s Trial for ‘Rust’ Shooting

Judge Jeanine Pirro provided insight into the trial of Alec Baldwin against “Rust” as jury selection began Tuesday in New Mexico.

Pirro told “America’s Newsroom” that Baldwin’s case started with “a centuries-old problem.”

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

“Understand one thing, the gunsmith, Hannah Gutierrez Reed — she was charged as a gunsmith, with involuntary manslaughter. She was convicted. She was convicted and the same experts that they used in that Hannah Gutierrez Reed trial, they’re going to use in the Alec Baldwin trial.”

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

Pirro noted that there could be a “culture clash” in the courtroom between Baldwin’s high-profile New York attorneys and the smaller-town prosecutors in Santa Fe.

“The case is important because it concerns not only the death of an individual on a film set, which is horrific in itself, but also the question of whether these types of weapons, these props, which had to be cold, in other words, which did not contain live rounds, can be held responsible and can be used on a film 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 away because of the danger of firing live rounds at that location.”