Kentucky Attorney General says grand jury proceedings will be issued in Brian Taylor case


Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Monday night that he would release a recording of the grand jury proceedings in Brio Taylor’s case in court on Wednesday. It is not clear when the recording will be available to the public, although his statement indicated that he would not try to prevent it from being released publicly.

“Grand jury means a secret body,” Cameron said in a statement to CBS News. “It is clear that the public interest in this case is not allowing this to happen.”

Cameron said his team had a “moral obligation” not to release the recording. But he said, “Despite these concerns, we will follow the judge’s order to release the recording on Wednesday.”

The judge’s order comes as part of the case against former detective Brett Hankinson, the only person the jury charged. While none of the officers involved in Taylor’s fatal shooting were directly accused of his death, Hankison was charged with indiscriminately firing with his gun outside Taylor’s apartment.

Court filings are generally public documents – and several lawyers told CBS News that Cameron is unlikely to try to seal them, given his new comments. The recording likely includes Cameron’s office presented to a grand jury, as well as the testimony of any potential witnesses.

The grand jury’s decision not to charge any officers in Taylor’s death sparked days of nationwide outrage and protests. Grand jury proceedings are generally not made public, but Bryon Taylor’s family and his attorneys have called for days for his release, claiming that the Attorney General announced the last week of the charging decision as important The details are left out as to how the evidence was shown to the grand jury.

One of the major points of contention is whether authorities announced themselves before entering Taylor’s home for drug raids in March. Authorities said they did, but Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, said they did not, and they only fired at him because they thought they were intruders.

Cameron said last week that a witness said he heard the officers announce themselves – but family lawyer Benjamin Crump told “CBS This Morning” that his team had spoken to 12 witnesses who said they had not did. Crump said it is important to know whether the gamblers heard from all witnesses or only that Cameron mentioned in his declaration.


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“Daniel Cameron only presented his point of view and did not present the other 12 neighbors’, he has unilaterally decided whether Bryo Taylor will ever get due process, will he ever get justice, and that is not right,” Crump said .

In his Monday night statement, Cameron said he believed the recording would support the validity of the grand jury’s verdict.

“We have nothing to do with grand gamblers sharing their views on our presentation, as we are confident in the matter,” Cameron said in the statement. “Once the public listens to the recording, they will see that over the course of two and a half days, our team presented an entire and complete case to the grand jury.”

Hours after Cameron’s announcement, grand gamblers accused him of “using grand jewelers as a shield to determine the accountability and responsibility of legal decisions”. The charge came as part of the notice, filing a motion asking the court to both issue full grand jury proceedings and allow members of the grand jury to speak about parts of the case.

Cameron said in his statement that the release would meet anonymous gamblers’ request.

In the notice, the juror stated that Cameron “attempted to clarify that the grand jury alone decided who and what to charge based on the evidence presented to them.”

The juror asked the court for “permission to share details and anything about actions outside of the recorded proceedings that did not occur in the grand jury proceedings.”

It “includes discussion of allegations that were not presented to grand juries, interpretations of the law that were not provided to grand juries, defenses, or justifications that were not detailed during proceedings, witnesses who did not testify , Potential defendants who were not, according to the notice, and / or persons or officers not present for the proceedings.

The attorney representing the juror did not immediately respond to CBS News’ request for comment.

Adriana Diaz, Costanza Mayo, Leslie Frazier, and Erin Donaghue contributed to the reporting.

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