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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

A member of the grand jury in the Breonna Taylor case filed a motion Monday in Louisville, Kentucky, to have the sealed grand jury transcripts and records released "so that the truth may prevail."

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Sues probably not the right word, but y'all this Breonna Taylor stuff is getting way crazier post-grand jury!

#1 | Posted by greeneyedguy at 2020-09-29 12:19 AM | Reply

You buried the lede Greeneyedguy.

A juror in the Breonna Taylor case contends that the Kentucky attorney general misrepresented the grand jury's deliberations and failed to offer the panel the option of indicting the two officers who fatally shot the young woman, according to the juror's lawyer.

Mr. Glogower said the juror came to him last week in a state of turmoil after Mr. Cameron repeatedly said at a news conference that the law did not permit him to charge Sgt. Jon Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, the two white officers who shot Ms. Taylor, a Black woman, after one officer was shot by her boyfriend " and that the jury had agreed with him.

According to Mr. Glogower, the juror was unsettled by the fact that the grand jury was not given an option of charging the two officers at a time when the community has been roiled by demonstrations seeking their indictment. The 12-member panel was presented only with possible charges for Detective Brett Hankison, who was fired in June.

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The issue comes down to whether or not the AG's interpretation of the law is the be-all/end-all when it comes to whether or not the grand jury itself may have voted for charges to be brought against the officer(s) who fired the fatal shots at Breonna Taylor and then allowing a criminal jury to hear evidence and come to their own conclusion of guilt or innocence.

But make no mistake, when the AG openly and publicly lied that the grand jury agreed with his interpretation of the law protecting the police from possible prosecution, he was not speaking for at minimum this grand juror's feelings on the matter and that alone deserves a strong and swift public rebuke.

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-09-29 05:32 AM | Reply

Mr. Glogower said the juror came to him last week in a state of turmoil after Mr. Cameron repeatedly said at a news conference that the law did not permit him to charge Sgt. Jon Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, the two white officers who shot Ms. Taylor, a Black woman, after one officer was shot by her boyfriend " and that the jury had agreed with him.

According to Mr. Glogower, the juror was unsettled by the fact that the grand jury was not given an option of charging the two officers at a time when the community has been roiled by demonstrations seeking their indictment. The 12-member panel was presented only with possible charges for Detective Brett Hankison, who was fired in June.

One longtime criminal defense lawyer, Ramon McGee, said the question of which charges the attorney general presented to the panel was not problematic.

"That is an incorrect assumption on how the grand jury process works," he said. "Prosecutors make the decision on what witnesses are called, which evidence is tendered and what charges to recommend," he said.

But the transcripts should be released, Mr. McGee added, because how the attorney general portrayed the process in public was potentially an issue.

The Kentucky AG didn't simply "misrepresent," Cameron bald-faced lied to the citizens of the Commonwealth and the rest of America when he claimed that the grand jurors agreed with the prosecution's interpretation of the relevant law.

To a layperson, it seems that all of the other mitigating factors that led to the police wrongly being at Taylor's apartment in the first place have to be balanced with all the other on-site actions that transpired, but I'll leave that to our legal experts to opine upon.

But Cameron flat-out lied, which in my mind throws everything else he claims into immediate dispute until the facts and circumstances can be investigated further as this grand juror filed action in order to bring about.

#3 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-09-29 06:30 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

AG Cameron is a favorite of Mitch McTurtle--Black, well-spoken, Republican, and worked for Mitch. I suspect the guy is not so stupid that he would give up recordings that showed he lead the grand jury away from indictments, but I've been wrong before. If the tapes do cast Mr. Cameron in a poor light, his political career in Kentucky is probably over, shortly after it started...

#4 | Posted by catdog at 2020-09-29 09:30 AM | Reply

If the tapes do cast Mr. Cameron in a poor light, his political career in Kentucky is probably over, shortly after it started...

I would hope that there is some penalty other than the potential of an aborted political career. Perhaps disbarment?

#5 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2020-09-29 11:07 AM | Reply

After watching Brad Parscale takedown, I wonder if Breonna could have also been contacted by phone and "allowed" to exit her apartment.
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#6 | Posted by LesWit at 2020-09-29 02:13 PM | Reply

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