A grand juror in the Breonna Taylor case who filed a motion in court demanding the release of grand jury transcripts and a judge’s permission to speak publicly did so out of concern for truth and transparency, the juror’s attorney said Tuesday.
“The grand juror we represent felt compelled to take some sort of action based on the allegation made at the subsequent press conference and on messages from the Attorney General’s office about how it all went,” Kevin Glogower, one of the juror’s attorneys, he said at a press conference on Tuesday.
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The grand juror kept his services on Friday, two days after a grand jury indicted former Louisville detective Brett Hankison on charges of arbitrary danger in connection with shots that drifted off to another apartment.
“I think the only delay was trying to struggle through what they had seen reported and then released at the press conference and figuring out where to go from there,” Glogower said.
Hankison, who was fired in June, is accused of recklessly firing his pistol during a raid on Taylor’s apartment in March. Neither Hankison nor the two officers who shot Taylor, Myles Cosgrove and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, were directly charged with Taylor’s death. Cosgrove and Mattingly, injured in the shooting, are on administrative leave. Hankison was charged Monday in Jefferson Circuit Court and pleaded not guilty. It’s free with a $ 15,000 bond.
During the lawsuit, Judge Ann Bailey Smith ordered that the record of the grand jury proceeding be filed in court by noon Wednesday. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron had received calls from the governor and mayor, among others, to post as much evidence as possible online. Last week, he said he would not do it because it would “compromise” a federal investigation into the incident “and violate the ethical duties of a prosecutor.”
On Monday night, Cameron said he would obey the judge’s orders.
“The grand jury should be a secret body,” he said in a statement. “It is clear that the public interest in this case will not allow this to happen.”
Cameron also made it clear that “the only recommended charge was arbitrary danger”.
“Our prosecutors presented all the evidence, even though the evidence argued that Sergeant Mattingly and Detective Cosgrove were justified in their use of force after being shot by Kenneth Walker,” Taylor’s boyfriend said.
Glogower noted that Cameron will be releasing the grand jury recordings because he was ordered to publicly archive them as a discovery in Hankison’s criminal case. “So it’s not quite the same as a simple release in my opinion,” Glogower said, adding that he expects the audio or video testimony to be released.
Glogower said his client wanted to remain anonymous “or as anonymous as possible” and believed Cameron mispronounced when he said the grand jury “agreed” with his team’s investigation that Mattingly and Cosgrove were justified in the their actions.
“Although there are six possible murder charges under Kentucky law, these charges are not applicable to the facts before us because our investigation proved – and the grand jury agreed – that Mattingly and Cosgrove were justified in the return of the deadly fire. after being attacked, “Cameron said at a press conference last Wednesday.
The motion accuses Cameron of using grand jurors “as a shield to deflect accountability and accountability for those decisions” and says it has led to “more seeds of doubt in the process.”
“The main concern our client has is that if you watched the press conference after reading the indictment, the attorney general placed a lot of responsibility on the grand jury’s feet,” Glogower said. “If you look at the statement released yesterday by the attorney general’s office, they attempted to go back. And I think the concerns as we noted in our grand jury motion probably caught their attention and hopefully that will help ease a little. ‘more transparency on how things went “.
Walker said the police did not identify and mistook them for intruders. He shot his gun once after agents broke down Taylor’s door on March 13. Cameron said a single witness confirmed reports from officers knocking and announcing themselves.
This is one of the unresolved issues, Glogower said.
Cameron was explicitly asked by a reporter last week “why he made such a distinction between a witness regarding the knock issue and announcing against many other witnesses that they said something different,” Glogower said.
“What we’re getting from the attorney general’s office at this point is that they’ve presented everything,” Glogower said. “I’d submit to you, based on their own statements, they didn’t.”
Also in question and among the things the public deserves to know, Glogower said, is whether the grand jury was given the option to charge the two officers who shot Taylor, an emergency medical technician. He asked if this was in the tape and if Cameron’s office had filed all the allegations they alluded to.
“This problem hasn’t been addressed directly,” Glogower said. “And these are exactly our client’s concerns, which we believe have other great jurors and that the public has.”
It is not clear when the decision will be made whether the grand jurors will be able to speak publicly. There are anomalies in the Taylor case, Glower said, such as the length of the grand jury proceedings.
“We know it took about two and a half days,” said Glogower, who said he is unprecedented in Jefferson County at the state level.
It’s possible that much of the proceedings were not recorded, Glogower said, in which case allowing jurors to speak publicly could provide transparency in the case.
“The point of the whole action is to get more into the narrative. It’s not really about changing the narrative,” Glogower said. “It’s about opening it to a more complete truth that everyone can see.”