The most extraordinary public release of the secret grand jury trial was set for Wednesday after a Jefferson County state court judge ordered a panel filed with the court by noon local time to record a two-and-a-half-day performance.
Cameron called for a delay in the motion, which was filed on Tuesday, saying it was necessary to protect the interests of witnesses, especially “private citizens named in the recordings”. His office wants to “change the personal identifiers of the named person and change the names and personal identifiers of any private citizen”.
Cameron’s office said in a statement on Wednesday that the recording lasted more than 20 hours, and that “extra time … was needed to re-alter witnesses’ personally identifiable information, including addresses and phone numbers.”
The judge is expected to rule on the motion on Wednesday.
The Attorney General initially refused to release Grand Jury transcripts or recordings, despite public calls from the Louisville mayor, the Kentucky governor and Taylor’s family attorneys.
Cameron announced late Monday evening that he was complying with the judge’s ruling, ordering that the recording of the grand jury presentation be included in the court case file. He has previously said that releasing the show would hamper other research.
“If they wanted to assess the different allegations, they could have done so. But our recommendation is that Mattingly and Cosgrove be justified in their actions and in their conduct,” he said.
Officers Miles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingley were two of the three officers killed by Taylor on the night of March 13.
Taylor, an EMT and iring amateur nurse, was killed while plaintiffs executed a “no-knock” warrant at her home.
Cosgrove and Mattingley have not been charged in the case, but Cameron said Cosgrove filed a fatal shot, saying it was justified because Taylor’s boyfriend first opened fire on officers. A third officer, Brett Hankinson, was charged with three counts of first-degree misdemeanors for blindly firing into an adjoining apartment. Hankison did not plead guilty.