A grand juror who heard evidence in the Breonna Taylor case said Tuesday that the grand jury did not agree that the fatal shooting was justified as Attorney General Daniel Cameron stated to them. This comes hours after a Kentucky judge ordered records in the grand jury proceedings be released to show if “publicly elected officials are honest.” This comes after Attorney General Daniel Cameron filed a motion to have the proceedings sealed.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron addresses the media following the return of a grand jury investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor, in Frankfort, Ky., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Of the three Louisville Metro police officers being investigated, one was indicted. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Kevin Glogower, the attorney for Grand Juror #1, said that wanton endangerment was the only charge presented to the jurors. The Grand Juror #1 also said in a statement,

Questions were asked about the additional charges and the grand jury was told there would be none because the prosecutors didn’t feel they could make them stick. The grand jury didn’t agree that certain actions were justified, nor did it decide the indictment should be the only charges in the Breonna Taylor case.

Grand Juror #1 stated that several laws were not explained to them after asking for more information. Another Grand Juror planned to discuss possible actions with his counsel and was glad that the judge ruled in their favor to speak publicly.

It is often that grand jury deliberations are not made public. The judge said that this ruling only applied to this case because,

There exists additional interest to consider in making this decision: the interest of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to be assured that its publicly elected officials are being honest in their representations.As applied in this case, this court finds that the traditional justifications for secrecy in this matter are no longer relevant.  This is a rare and extraordinary example of a case where, at the time this motion is made, the historical reasons for preserving grand jury secrecy are null.

 

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