A grand juror in the Breonna Taylor case will be able to speak publicly about what happened during the proceedings.An anonymous juror filed a motion late last month following the conclusion of the case in which one officer, Brett Hankison, was indicted, and the charges were not related to Taylor’s death.While grand jury proceedings are typically secret, the juror felt talking about the case would provide more transparency about how and why jurors came to their decisions.On Tuesday, Judge Annie O’Connell ruled that the juror can speak, and may stay anonymous if they so choose.”This court finds that the traditional justifications for secrecy in this matter are no longer relevant and that the ends of justice require disclosure,” the ruling states, in part.Click here to read the ruling. The ruling says that the state had expressed it felt this could compromise Hankison’s right to a fair trial. However, the judge said since Hankison didn’t join the argument or request to be heard in court, they “could not find that this concern is founded in reality.” As for Cameron’s concern about this case “destroying the principle of secrecy that serves as the foundation of the grand jury system,” O’Connell said her ruling only applies to this motion and is only applicable to this case.She called the Commonwealth’s objection “theatrical sturm and drang.” O’Connell also denied Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s motion to stay the order until the issue can be heard by an appeals court.The juror’s attorney, Kevin Glogower, will hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. You’ll be able to watch it in the player above. We’re told the juror will not be talking at that time. More backgroundTaylor was killed on March 13 while LMPD officers were serving a search warrant at her apartment. Three officers, Hankison, Sgt. John Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, all fired their weapons that night, as did Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker.Cameron’s office took over the case in May to determine whether any officers would face charges.Months later, in mid-September, his office took its findings to a grand jury. Cameron initially stated that the investigation found Cosgrove and Mattingly justified in their use of force since Walker fired first. They were not charged.Later, he clarified that the grand jury hadn’t been asked to consider any charges against the two, only Hankison.Hankison was indicted on wanton endangerment charges for shot fired into a neighboring unit. No one was charged in Taylor’s killing.A judge presiding over Hankison’s case ordered Cameron’s office to release grand jury recordings, which happened earlier this month. Listen here.The juror who is allowed to speak said they felt Cameron used the jury as a shield to avoid his own scrutiny.

A grand juror in the Breonna Taylor case will be able to speak publicly about what happened during the proceedings.

An anonymous juror filed a motion late last month following the conclusion of the case in which one officer, Brett Hankison, was indicted, and the charges were not related to Taylor’s death.

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While grand jury proceedings are typically secret, the juror felt talking about the case would provide more transparency about how and why jurors came to their decisions.

On Tuesday, Judge Annie O’Connell ruled that the juror can speak, and may stay anonymous if they so choose.

“This court finds that the traditional justifications for secrecy in this matter are no longer relevant and that the ends of justice require disclosure,” the ruling states, in part.

Click here to read the ruling.

The ruling says that the state had expressed it felt this could compromise Hankison’s right to a fair trial. However, the judge said since Hankison didn’t join the argument or request to be heard in court, they “could not find that this concern is founded in reality.”

As for Cameron’s concern about this case “destroying the principle of secrecy that serves as the foundation of the grand jury system,” O’Connell said her ruling only applies to this motion and is only applicable to this case.

She called the Commonwealth’s objection “theatrical sturm and drang.”

O’Connell also denied Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s motion to stay the order until the issue can be heard by an appeals court.

The juror’s attorney, Kevin Glogower, will hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. You’ll be able to watch it in the player above. We’re told the juror will not be talking at that time.

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Taylor was killed on March 13 while LMPD officers were serving a search warrant at her apartment. Three officers, Hankison, Sgt. John Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, all fired their weapons that night, as did Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker.

Cameron’s office took over the case in May to determine whether any officers would face charges.

Months later, in mid-September, his office took its findings to a grand jury. Cameron initially stated that the investigation found Cosgrove and Mattingly justified in their use of force since Walker fired first. They were not charged.

Later, he clarified that the grand jury hadn’t been asked to consider any charges against the two, only Hankison.

Hankison was indicted on wanton endangerment charges for shot fired into a neighboring unit. No one was charged in Taylor’s killing.

A judge presiding over Hankison’s case ordered Cameron’s office to release grand jury recordings, which happened earlier this month. Listen here.

The juror who is allowed to speak said they felt Cameron used the jury as a shield to avoid his own scrutiny.

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