(AmericanPoliticalDaily.com)- Sealed grand jury testimony in the Breonna Taylor case will be released to the public.
Daniel Cameron, the attorney general of Kentucky, initially refused to release the transcript of grand jury testimony in the Taylor case. But, that all changed Monday night after a judge ruled he must do so.
One of the jurors in the case requested that all reports, transcripts and recordings of the grand jury in Taylor’s case be released to the public. That followed calls from Louisville’s mayor, Kentucky’s governor and attorneys for Taylor’s family to release the transcripts.
These people are wondering why a grand jury only decided to indict one of the officers who were involved in the incident that led to Taylor’s shooting death.
Releasing the grand jury transcripts is “totally surprising and tremendously uncommon,” a former prosecutor in Kentucky told CNN.
For his part, Cameron said in a statement:
“The Grand Jury is meant to be a secretive body. It’s apparent that the public interest in this case isn’t going to allow that to happen. As the special prosecutor, our team has an ethical obligation not to release the recording from the Grand Jury proceedings, and we stand by our belief that such a release could compromise the ongoing federal investigation and could have unintended consequences such as poisoning the jury pool.
“Despite these concerns, we will comply with the Judge’s order to release the recording on Wednesday.”
Judge Ann Bailey Smith made the ruling this week, saying all discovery documents and the grand jury recording can’t just be shared between the parties. Smith was the judge who oversaw the arraignment of Brett Hankinson, the former police officer who was indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. He is the only officer who was charged in Taylor’s death.
The recording will be released instead of the transcript, which is considered common practice in the area, and is what Taylor’s family has called for.
The juror asked the court to “make a binding declaration” that the grand jury can disclose details about the process and details of the proceedings. The juror said they were looking for this so that Cameron could not use the power of court contempt in the case of public disclosure.
The juror’s motion states:
“It is the fear of the Petitioner that, Attorney General Cameron would attempt to utilize the court’s contempt powers … if there was a public disclosure that contradicted certain things that he stated happened during the proceedings, characterized the singularity of the decision in a different light, or raised doubts about charges that were presented during the proceedings.”
The motion further states that Cameron “attempted to make very clear that the grand jury alone made the decision alone on who and what to charge” and “the only exception to the responsibility he foisted upon the grand jurors was in his statement that they ‘agreed’ with his team’s investigation that Mattingly and Cosgrove were justified in their actions.”
Cameron said releasing the recordings “will also address the legal complaint filed by an anonymous grand juror.”