Kentucky AG Argues Grand Jury Secrecy Should Remain The Rule In Taylor Case

Oct 8, 2020

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron says allowing an anonymous grand juror seeking legal permission to go public about the proceedings in the Breonna Taylor case could "irreversibly alter Kentucky's legal system."

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Cameron is filing a motion to keep the grand jury proceedings secret, in line with state law. In a statement, the AG points to concerns about the juror making "anonymous and unlimited disclosures" which may affect the public's confidence in the secrecy of the grand jury process going forward.

In an interview with WDRB-TV, Cameron had said he had no issue with grand jurors speaking out.

"We're confident in the presentation that we put forth," the top law enforcement official told the station. "Whether this grand jury speaks out or not, that's of their own accord."

In his latest statement, the AG writes that still has no problem with grand jurors "sharing their thoughts on him or his office's involvement in the case."

The Kentucky Commonwealth's Attorneys Association is agreeing with Cameron's office on grand jury secrecy, saying dissatisfaction with a proceeding or with the prosecutor's legal interpretation are not "compelling reasons" to set aside the rule.

An attorney for the anonymous grand juror has said his client believes the public needs to know more about the process that led to charges for only one of three officers involved in the raid on Breonna Taylor's home, none of which were tied directly to her death.