“We demand that your office respect the constitutional rights of Matthew, Helena and Andrews Hutchins to dignity, privacy, respect, and fairness in the future,” Attorney Brian Banish wrote in a scathing letter sent earlier this week to Santa Fe County Sheriff Dan Mendoza. “We are also requesting that your office remove the video footage of Helena Hutchins dying on the church floor,” the Los Angeles-based attorney adds.
Panesh went on to say about April 25 Information Statement In his letter sent on Wednesday, which was obtained from a source familiar with the matter.
The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office did not respond to a request for comment on the two-page correspondence from Banish | Chia | Boyle | Partner of Ravipudi LLP.
Mendoza said today This week his office was responding to a “public records request” when earlier this week they released a trove of files, videos, cell phone communications, interviews, court documents and other documents related to the investigation into Hutchins’ murder and injury. Rust Director Joel Souza On October 21, 2021 On the church site at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe.
Hutchins estate is also seeking Wrongful death suit filed on February 15 Against Baldwin, other Rust Producers and crew members, unloading the material from the ongoing investigation surprised many. Even with all that has been announced, the sheriff’s office said this week that it is still waiting for “FBI firearms and ballistic forensics along with DNA and latent fingerprint analysis, the New Mexico Medical Examiner’s findings report and Mr. Alec Baldwin’s analysis of the phone data he extracted.” Suffolk County Police investigators” as part of their investigation.
“Once these investigative items are submitted to the mayor’s office, we will be able to complete the investigation to refer it to the Santa Fe County District Attorney for review,” the sheriff said in his statement when the material was released into the public domain.
However, in Banish’s view, at this point, the “damage” caused by the sheriff’s office was “irreparable.”
Part of this damage is constitutional and part of it is to Hutchins’ young son, as the attorney put it bluntly in the letter:
Your office trampled on Hutchins’ constitutional rights. Your office has promised to allow Mr. Hutchins to review material to be made public before it is distributed to the press. Without any debate, your office has unilaterally determined that Mr. Hutchins will be granted access to the material for review early in the morning of Monday, April 25 before releasing it to the public later in the afternoon, giving him less than one working day to review the material. This was a wholly insufficient amount of time given the sheer volume of the articles and failed to afford the Hutchins the “dignity and privacy” that the New Mexico Constitution affords them, including the right to request the exercise of discretion and the revision of sensitive articles.
But even that arrangement was violated when your office released the materials to the public prior to releasing the materials to Mr. Hutchins. The first time Mr. Hutchins saw a disturbing and disturbing video of his dying wife lying on the church floor was on the Radar Online website. Greater respect for Hutchins’ constitutional rights would not have allowed this video to be published. The potential consequences are worrying given how information is misused on social media. We fear, for example, that these shocking footage of Andros’ mother’s death may be material that bullies will use to emotionally harm him in the future.
With several lawsuits already filed against Baldwin and Rust production, the conflict between the cinematographer’s family and the police almost directly follows the report of the New Mexico Office of Occupational Health and Safety On April 20. As part of this report, Rust Movie Productions LLC and its management have been fined a maximum of $136,793 by OSHA for a “willful and serious” violation of workplace safety procedures while filming the indie Western.
Although nearly six months have passed since the shooting, no one has been arrested or charged over what happened in Rust group last year.