Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron said Monday evening he would release the grand jury record of Breonna Taylor’s case in court on Wednesday. It is not clear when the recording will be available to the public, although his testimony indicated that he would not try to prevent its release.
“The grand jury is supposed to be a secret body,” Cameron said in a statement to CBS News. “It is obvious that in this case the public interest will not allow it.”
Cameron said his team has an “ethical obligation” not to make the recording public. But he added, “Despite these concerns, we will comply with the judge̵
The judge’s order is part of the trial against former detective Brett Hankison, the only person charged by the grand jury. While none of the officers involved in Taylor’s fatal shooting were directly charged with her death, Hankison was charged with blindly firing his gun in front of Taylor’s apartment.
Court records are generally public documents – and several lawyers told CBS News that, given his new comments, Cameron is unlikely to attempt to seal them. The recording will likely include what Cameron’s office submitted to the grand jury and possible testimony.
The grand jury’s decision not to charge any of the officers in Taylor’s death sparked nationwide outrage and days of protests. The grand jury’s trial is usually not made public, but Breonna Taylor’s family and their attorneys have been calling for their release for days, claiming that the attorney general’s announcement last week of the prosecution ruling left out crucial details about what evidence The Grand Jury and the Grand Jury were presented as it was presented.
One of the main points of contention is whether officials announced themselves before they came to Taylor’s home for a drug robbery in March. Officers said they did, but Taylor’s friend, Kenneth Walker, said they didn’t and that he only fired at them for believing they were intruders.
Cameron said last week that a witness said they heard officers come forward – but family attorney Benjamin Crump told CBS This Morning that his team spoke to 12 witnesses who said they did not. Crump said it was important to know if the jury heard from all of the witnesses or just from the person Cameron mentioned in his announcement.
“Daniel Cameron only presented his perspective and not that of the other 12 neighbors. He unilaterally decided whether or not Breonna Taylor would ever get due process, whether she would ever get justice, and that’s not right.” Said Crump.
In his statement Monday evening, Cameron said he was confident the footage will confirm the validity of the grand jury’s decision.
“We have no concern that great jurors share their thoughts on our presentation because we are confident in the case we are presenting,” Cameron said in the statement. “As soon as the public hears the recording, they will find that our team has submitted a thorough and complete case to the grand jury within two and a half days.”
Cameron’s announcement comes just hours after a major juror accused him of “using the major jurors as a shield to divert accountability and responsibility for these decisions.” The allegation came as part of a notice to file a motion asking the court to both clear the entire grand jury proceedings and allow the grand jury members to speak on some parts of the case.
Cameron said in his statement that the release would satisfy the anonymous juror’s request.
In the announcement, the judge said Cameron was “trying to make it clear that the grand jury made decisions about who and what to charge based solely on the evidence presented to them.”
The jury also asked the court for permission to “provide details of what happened outside of these recorded trials and anything that did NOT happen in the Grand Jury trial.”
This includes “discussing charges that were NOT presented to the grand jury, declarations of law that were NOT presented to the grand jury, defenses or reasoning that were NOT detailed during the trial, witnesses who did NOT testify, potential defendants who NOT were presented, and / or persons or officials who were NOT present for the trial, “the notice said.
The attorney representing the jury did not immediately respond to CBS News’ request for comment.
Adriana Diaz, Costanza Maio, Leslie Frazier and Erin Donaghue contributed to the coverage.