Kentucky AG granted 48-hour delay in release of Breonna Taylor grand jury recording


(LOUISVILLE, Kent.) — Kentucky State Attorney General Daniel Cameron was granted a 48-hour delay in releasing the grand jury’s recordings in the Breonna Taylor case after asking for more time just hours before he had been ordered by a judge to place the materials in the court record.

Cameron had requested a week to redact names and personal information of witnesses and private citizens from the 20 hours of audio recordings a judge ordered him to place in the court record by noon on Wednesday. But Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Ann Bailey Smith only granted Cameron an extension until noon on Friday to release the audiotape.

Smith’s revised order requires Cameron to immediately file an unredacted copy of the recording to be kept under court seal.

Cameron was instructed by Smith on Monday to enter into the court record the recording of the grand jury hearing that produced a single charge of wanton endangerment against one of the officers involved in the Taylor shooting, but not for Taylor’s death. On Wednesday morning, Cameron filed a motion, hoping he would be given until next week to release of the recording.

Cameron had initially objected to releasing the audiotapes, saying. “The Grand Jury is meant to be a secretive body.”  Despite the objections, Cameron said he would comply with the judge’s order. 

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