Mary Carmack-Altwies, the Santa Fe-area district attorney, doesn’t mind sticking her chin out.

She did it in the toppling-of-the-Plaza-obelisk case two years ago, and she did it once again last week with the decision to charge Alec Baldwin with involuntary manslaughter in the Rust disaster.

Notice I wrote chin. When it comes to Rust, Carmack-Altwies is in no way exposing her neck.

Phill Casaus is editor of The New Mexican.

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