Judge grants jurors in Breonna Taylor case to speak publicly
UPDATED 2:01 PM PT – Tuesday, October 20, 2020
A judge has ruled that grand jurors in the Breonna Taylor case can speak publicly about the proceedings.
On Tuesday, Circuit Court Judge Annie O’Connell made the decision, which allows all of them to speak out and do so anonymously if they so choose.
The ruling marked a highly unusual move in grand jury deliberations, which are not public under law. The judge noted while grand juries normally operate under secrecy, this case is unique because all parties are known to the public.
Judge O’Connell also added that if a grand juror decides to disclose their identity to the public, they should proceed “with extreme caution.” She also warned this “may result in a level of public attention and scrutiny.”
In addition, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron spoke extensively about the case.
My statement on the Judge’s decision today in the case involving the anonymous Grand Juror: pic.twitter.com/47mWaPzbah
— Attorney General Daniel Cameron (@kyoag) October 20, 2020
The decision came weeks after a juror filed a motion to speak publicly in hopes of providing more transparency.