Juror in Breonna Taylor Case Sues for Right To Reveal What Really Happened in Court
A member of the grand jury that did not indict Louisville police for Breonna Taylor’s murder is now suing for the release of court transcripts and related records. The unidentified jury member’s motion, filed Monday, says it was filed so that “the truth may prevail.”
Specifically, the motion asks the court “to release any and all recordings of the grand jury pertaining to what is commonly known as the Breonna Taylor case,” and “to make a binding declaration that Grand Juror, and any additional members of this grand jury, has the right to disclose information and details about the process of the grand jury proceedings … and any potential charges presented or not related to the events surrounding that matter.”
The motion also takes aim at Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, accusing him of “using the grand jurors as a shield to deflect accountability and responsibility.”
The motion “strongly suggests that Attorney General Cameron’s public comments contradict what was presented to the grand jury,” tweeted The Washington Post‘s Radley Balko. “It essentially accuses Cameron of hiding behind grand jury secrecy requirements while misleading the public about evidence the grand jury actually saw.”
Last week, the jury returned charges against just one of the three officers involved in Taylor’s killing. The charges—three counts of wanton endangerment for Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) Detective Brett Hankison—were not for Taylor’s death but for potential danger Hankison could have caused to those in the vicinity.
Hankison “was arraigned Monday in Jefferson Circuit Court, pleading not guilty. He is free on $15,000 bond,” notes the Louisville Courier Journal.
The judge at Hankison’s arraignment also ordered that a “recording of the grand jury proceedings” must be filed with the court by this Wednesday.
Cameron, who had previously refused to release these records, said in a Monday night statement that he will comply with the order for them to be released. “The release of the recording will also add
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