Rust/Baldwin: Lessons Learned from a Tragedy



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Criminal Law
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Original Air Date:
January 30, 2023
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About the Program

In the wake of Alec Baldwin being charged with involuntary manslaughter connected to the ?Rust? set shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, the BHBA hosts this special panel to discuss the incident, the resulting charges, and explore best practices that producers and attorneys should employ on any film set involving firearms.

Meet the Speakers
Richard Kaplan


Criminal Defense Attorney Kaplan | Marino

Criminal defense attorney Richard D. Kaplan manages serious criminal charges that threaten the livelihood and reputations of white collar clients, including high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs, entertainers, corporations and their officers and executives. Richard’s creative and novel strategies during negotiations with authorities have led to numerous acquittals, no-charges-filed, probation and record expungement outcomes for clients.

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Heather Pearson


General Counsel International Cinematographers Guild

Heather Pearson serves as in-house Legal Counsel for the International Cinematographers Guild. Heather was most recently Senior Counsel at the Writers Guild of America West. She graduated from UC Davis Law School and was a captain in the United States Army.

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Christopher C. Melcher


Celebrity Legal Analyst Walzer Melcher & Yoda LLP

Christopher C. Melcher is a partner with Walzer Melcher & Yoda LLA. Business owners, celebrities, and trust beneficiaries across California turn to Christopher for assistance in protecting their most valuable assets in high-stakes divorces. With deep experience in complex family law litigation, he provides tactical representation in the most challenging family law disputes. His clients include A-list celebrities, executives, and tech company founders. Frequently, he is hired by other family lawyers as a consultant, expert, or co-counsel on significant divorce cases in California. Before entering family law exclusively, Christopher practiced criminal defense and civil personal injury litigation.

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Bryan W. Carpenter


Armorer / Firearms & Weapons Specialist, Producer 13 South Productions

Bryan is an accomplished private military contractor currently working in the film industry as an armorer, trainer, stunt performer and producer. If you can’t find him rescuing a stray cat, drinking a fine cup of coffee on Magazine St., or enjoying 80’s night in the French Quarter, he’s probably at the range or off the grid. A Mississippi native, Bryan spent 20+ years immersed in strategic operations and has undergone extensive training during his time there. 

Bryan holds instructor level certifications in numerous special operations and tactical fields and logged thousands of hours training military, federal/state agencies, private military contract firms and corporations in ‘unique’ courses of study.

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