The highly unusual public release of the secret grand jury proceedings was expected on Wednesday after a Jefferson County state judge ordered the recording of a two- and half-day presentation to a panel filed in court by a local court that afternoon.
Cameron sought delay in a motion filed on Tuesday, arguing that it was necessary to protect the interests of witnesses, specifically “the private citizen named in the recording.” His office “seeks to reorganize the personal identifiers of any nominee, and to reconcile both the names and personal identifiers of any private citizen.”
Cameron’s office said in a statement Wednesday that the recording is more than 20 hours long and requires “extra time … to provide personally identifiable information to witnesses, including addresses and phone numbers.” Huh.”
According to the statement, the judge was expected to rule on the motion on Wednesday.
The attorney general initially refused to release the grand jury tape or recording despite mounting public calls by Louisville’s mayor, Kentucky governor, and Taylor’s family lawyers to do so.
But late Monday evening Cameron announced that he would comply with a judge’s ruling, ordering the grand jury presentation to be filed in the court case file. He previously stated that the release of the presentation would hamper other investigations.
“If they wanted to make assessments about the various charges, they could do so. But our recommendation was that Mattingly and Cosgrove were justified in their acts and their conduct,” he said.
Officers Miles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly were two of the three officers presented on the night of March 13 when Taylor was picked up in a discount.
Taylor, an EMT and aspiring nurse, was killed in her home after field officers executed a “no-knock” warrant.
Kesarov and Mattingly were not charged in the case, although Cameron said Cosgrove filed a fatal shot, which he said was justified because Taylor’s boyfriend first fired at the officers. A third officer, Brett Hankinson, is charged with three degrees of danger for indiscriminate firing in a permanent apartment in the first degree. Hackesen has pleaded not guilty.