Taylor Juror Request Would 'Undermine' Justice System, AG Argues

Oct 12, 2020

The court battle over whether an anonymous grand juror in the Breonna Taylor case should be allowed to speak publicly about the proceedings continued over the weekend - with representatives for the attorney general and the juror trading motions.

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Attorney General Daniel Cameron's office is sticking to its position that freeing up the juror to talk publicly on the matter would run counter to custom and tradition. Victor Maddox oversees the civil branch in the AG's Office. He said the juror's request would "undermine the foundation of the criminal justice system in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, more specifically the grand jury secrecy that is the foundation of that system."

Should the court side with the juror, the AG is requesting that order be put on hold, possibly until there is an appeal.

Attorney for the anonymous juror, Kevin Glogower, said Cameron's office has already broken the status quo by releasing hours of grand jury recordings under court order. Those tapes, Glogower argues, cast doubt on the accuracy of some of the attorney general's initial statements about the grand jury proceedings.