Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office announced on Wednesday that it would postpone the release of the grand jury’s recordings at the controversial police shots of Breonna Taylor in Louisville in March, hours before the audio recording was due to be released.
Cameron’s office filed a request late Tuesday to postpone his release for a week in order to protect the identities of the witnesses named on the record, particularly private individuals, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. His office wants to “edit personal identifiers of a named person and edit both names and personal identifiers of a private citizen”.
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Elizabeth Kuhn, a spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s office, told the newspaper in an email early Wednesday that the audio recording was 20 hours long. She said the office requested additional time “to edit personally identifiable information from witnesses, including addresses and phone numbers.”
Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Ann Bailey Smith is expected to rule on the motion later Wednesday.
“We keep to the order of the judge,” said Kuhn.
Lawyers representing former Louisville Metro officer Brett Hankison, who was fired in June and was the only officer involved in the raid that was charged last week, also agreed to the delay, Cameron’s office said.
Cameron’s office did not immediately return a Fox News request for comment.
It came after an anonymous juror filed a request for the grand jury’s transcripts and recordings to be published Monday, asking for clarification on what the jurors can publicly discuss regarding the case. In response, Smith ordered Cameron’s office to file the tape in court by Wednesday noon.
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In an on-camera interview on Tuesday, Cameron said his office planned to comply with the court order by making the tape public, amid concerns that such a release would jeopardize an FBI investigation into Taylor’s case and future grand jury trials could cool down.
Cameron said his office had not recommended a murder charge against the other two officers involved in the March 13 raid, Sgt. Johnathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, to the grand jury. He said both were justified in their use of force as Taylor’s friend Kenneth Walker shot them first and all evidence indicated that Walker fired the bullet that went through Mattingly’s leg.
“The tragedy here is that Breonna Taylor was in this hallway with Mr. Walker and was hit and died,” Cameron said. “Ultimately, our responsibility in the AG office lies in the truths and facts. I can’t frame the facts to match a narrative that in many ways was already published before the facts were published there. “
“I’m not afraid of any judgments or recommendations that we have made,” he said. “We have presented all the facts that we uncovered during this investigation. The fact is that we are convinced of the presentation we are making. Whether this grand jury takes the floor or not, that is of its own accord. I have nothing special to do with that. “
The grand jury charged Hankison last week with three willful endangerments for three people shooting at the apartment next to Taylor at home. He was not charged in connection with Taylor’s death.
Kevin Glogower, the attorney representing the anonymous jury, said in a press conference with his legal team on Tuesday that “accountability and a sense of public trust” approved his client’s request for the record to be released and a statement of rights from the court system to know whether grand jurors have the right to speak freely about their experiences in the trial “without fear of prosecution, prosecution, conviction, torture, etc.”
“My client wants to make sure the truth comes out. My client wants to make sure that everything that happened there is made public, ”said Glogower.
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