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Judge orders Kentucky AG to produce Breonna Taylor grand jury recordings by Friday

Daniel Cameron wanted additional time to redact witnesses’ personal information from the proceedings.

Daniel Cameron AP/Susan Walsh

A circuit judge has given Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron a 48-hour extension to release the grand jury recordings in the Breonna Taylor case.

Judge Ann Bailey Smith gave Cameron and his office until noon on Friday (Oct. 2) to release the recordings, according to Forbes. The attorney general originally asked for additional time to produce the recordings, arguing that they needed more time to redact the witnesses’ personal information — including addresses, dates of birth, telephone numbers and social security numbers — from over 20 hours of audio. That information would allow people to identify witnesses who were involved in the proceeding, which led to charges against one former Louisville police detective.

“We are complying with the judge’s order,” Elizabeth Kuhn, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office said to the outlet, adding, “the grand jury audio recording is more than 20 hours long, and our office filed a motion to request additional time to redact personally identifiable information of witnesses.”

On Monday (Sep. 28), a juror from the grand jury sued to have the recordings made public and said Cameron used them as a “shield.”

“What Attorney General Cameron is continuously not answering is: Did he give the grand jury the option to charge anyone with anything in addition to the wanton endangerment charges, anything related to Taylor, and did he recommend that they do so?” the juror’s attorney Kevin Glogower said. “Did he or did he not present those charges and explain fully how they can apply to this case?”

During an interview with WDRB Tuesday night (Sep. 29), Cameron said the grand jury could have considered other charges on its own. “If they wanted to make an assessment about different charges, they could’ve done that,” he said. “But our recommendation was that Mattingly and Cosgrove were justified in their acts and their conduct.”

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