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AG Cameron asks judge to not release Breonna Taylor grand jury evidence

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Posted at 7:25 AM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 09:32:10-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — Oral arguments were heard in a Kentucky court Monday over releasing grand jury evidence in the Breonna Taylor case.

While a circuit judge already ruled the evidence should be released, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron filed a motion last Thursday to keep that information private.

The motion argues that releasing grand jury evidence would permanently taint potential jurors in former Louisville Metro Police Department officer Brett Hankison's trial. He was the only officer charged in the case, with three felony counts of wanton endangerment. He pleaded not guilty.

The motion asks Judge Ann Baily Smith to revoke her order that the evidence be publicly filed, or to seal it until a jury is seated.

However, The Courier-Journal also filed a motion to try and stop the evidence from being sealed. The newspaper argues the public has a right to see the information and that so much of the case has already been made public.

The judge continued the case and set the hearing for Oct. 28. She plans to make a ruling after that date.