On Wednesday (Sept. 30) — the day that recordings from the grand jury’s proceedings in the Breonna Taylor case were supposed to be made public — Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron asked for an extension. According to NBC News correspondent Blayne Alexander, Cameron moved to delay the recordings by one week, saying they need more time to redact jurors’ personal information.
In a statement issued to NBC, Cameron said the recordings are over 20 hours long. “In the interest of protection of witness,” the motion reads, “the Commonwealth seeks to redact any personal identifiers” in the transcripts including “addresses and phone numbers.”
If the judge allows Cameron’s request, the recordings would instead be shared with the public next week on Oct. 7.
Cameron’s motion arrives just one day after he agreed to comply with the judge’s order to release the transcripts from the grand jury’s deliberation. A juror from the proceedings sued on Monday (Sept. 28) to have the recordings made public and accused Cameron of using the jury as a “shield.”
“The full story and absolute truth of how this matter was handled from beginning to end is now an issue of great public interest and has become a large part of the discussion of public trust throughout the country,” the juror’s attorney Kevin Glogower said.
The juror also sued for the right to speak openly about the case. Cameron previously said he has “no concerns” with grand jurors discussing their decision as he is “confident in the case we presented.”
“Once the public listens to the recording, they will see that over the course of two-and-a-half days our team presented a thorough and complete case to the grand jury,” the AG said.
The news follows a week after the grand jury indicted ex-officer Brett Hankison on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first-degree. The jury did not indict officers Myles Cosgrove nor Jonathan Mattingly and none of the charges were directly related to Taylor’s death.
See Cameron’s motion to delay the recordings below.