Kentucky attorney general's office moves to delay release of grand jury records in Breonna Taylor case

by Jenny Mount · Sep 30th, 2020 3:52 pm
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Last Updated Oct 2nd, 2020 at 9:24 am

The release of grand jury records in the police shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, has been delayed until Friday, Attorney General Daniel Cameron's office announced just hours before the audio recording of the proceedings were set to go public.

According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, the release has been delayed by one week in an effort to protect the identity of the witnesses named in the recording.

Elizabeth Kuhn, a spokesperson for Cameron's office, wrote in an email on Wednesday that the audio recording is 20 hours long and that the attorney general requested additional time "to redact personally identifiable information of witnesses, including addresses and phone numbers."

On Monday, an anonymous juror filed a court motion to have transcripts and a recording of the grand jury proceedings made public. The juror also asked for clarification as to what jurors are allowed to publicly discuss regarding the case. Following the juror's motion, Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Ann Bailey Smith ordered Cameron's office to file the recording in court by noon Wednesday.

Cameron said his office planned to comply with the court order by making the recording public. He also said that his office did not recommend murder charges against officers Sgt. Johnathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, who were the other two officers involved in the raid. Cameron said that both officers were justified in their use of force since Kenneth Walker, Taylor's boyfriend, fired at them first .

"The tragedy here is that Breonna Taylor was in that hallway with Mr. Walker and was hit and died. At the end of the day, our responsibility at the AG's office is to the truths and to the facts. I cannot fashion the facts in such a way to meet a narrative that in many ways has already been put out there before the facts have been put out there," Cameron said. "I'm not afraid of any judgments or recommendations that we made. We presented all the facts that we uncovered in this investigation. The fact of the matter is we're confident in the presentation that we put forth. Whether this grand jury speaks out or not, that's of their own accord and their own volition. I don't have anything to do with that specifically."


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