Increased Courthouse Security Due to Alec Baldwin Trial

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Alec Baldwin’s trial over the fatal shooting on the set of the movie “Rust” is set to commence on Tuesday. In anticipation, law enforcement in Santa Fe has ramped up security measures, informed by the high-profile nature of the case and intense media scrutiny, according to Denise Womack-Avila, a spokesperson for the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. Additional deputies will be stationed at and around the courthouse to ensure public safety and order.

Law enforcement officials have declined to disclose specific details about the security increase, a strategic move often employed to maintain operational secrecy. Given Baldwin’s history of contentious encounters with the press and public, managing the crowd outside the courthouse will be crucial.

Womack-Avila also mentioned that individuals hoping to secure a spot in the courtroom cannot stay overnight outside the courthouse; they must adhere to a daily admission protocol each morning.

Baldwin has already arrived in Santa Fe, having been spotted at a pretrial hearing on Monday dressed in a suit and tie. Baldwin is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter in connection to the October 2021 shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the “Rust” set. While Baldwin has entered a plea of not guilty, “Rust” armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was recently convicted of manslaughter related to the same incident, though she is appealing the sentence.

As the proceedings begin, starting with jury selection, security will be a priority both inside and outside the courthouse.

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