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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron isn’t taking any chances.
His office Friday filed a motion to stay a potential judge’s order granting an anonymous grand juror’s right to speak out about the proceedings in the Breonna Taylor case.
Cameron’s motion says the failure to delay any order lifting the secrecy of the grand jury would immediately result in irreparable harm to the commonwealth because jurors could talk before Cameron’s office could file an appeal.
The grand juror “asks this court to invalidate centuries of practice, custom and tradition that make grand jury proceedings secret,” according to the motion filed by Assistant Attorney General Heather Becker. “But it’s not just practice, custom and tradition; it’s the law.”
Becker cited a 1924 case in which Kentucky’s Supreme Court said “it is the public policy of this commonwealth to keep secret the proceedings of the grand jury.”
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The grand juror said in a motion that he is seeking the right to freely discuss how Cameron’s office handled the Taylor case, including evidence, witnesses and charging options that might not have been presented to jurors.
His lawyer, Kevin Glogower, said at a hearing Thursday before Jefferson Circuit Judge Annie O’Connell that Cameron “opened the door” to talking about “all things grand jury” when he held a news conference Sept. 23 following the indictment.
Glogower is representing one of the grand jurors in the Breonna Taylor case who wants the transcripts of the proceedings released.
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He told media the grand jury agreed that Louisville Metro Police Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove were justified in returning deadly fire after having been fired upon by Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker.
The officers were serving a search warrant shortly before 1 a.m. March 13 to look for cash and drugs at Taylor’s home. They said they knocked and announced themselves, then used a battering ram to force open the door when no one responded.
Walker said neither he nor Taylor heard the police and he fired a warning shot when the door burst open, thinking someone was breaking in.
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Police say his shot hit Mattingly in the thigh, serving an artery. Mattingly, Cosgrove and Detective Brett Hankison fired 32 rounds in response, hitting the unarmed Taylor six times and killing her in her hallway.
Cameron has since acknowledged that his office recommended an indictment only of Hankison, who was fired in June, for wanton endangerment for firing into an occupied apartment next to Taylor’s. Hankison has pleaded not guilty.
No one has been charged in Taylor’s death.
Glogower said jurors asked pointed questions during the proceeding