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Kentucky attorney general asks for evidence in Breonna Taylor case to remain sealed

The Hill logo The Hill 18/10/2020 21:33:51 Joseph Choi
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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) has asked a judge to reverse a previous order to release to the public evidence in the killing of Breonna Taylor.

In a joint motion filed together with former Louisville Police Officer Brett Hankison's attorney William Stewart Mathews, Cameron asked Circuit Judge Ann Bailey Smith's previous decision to allow evidence to be released to be revoked or for the evidence to be sealed until the trial. Hankison was the only officer fired and charged in connection to the botched drug raid that resulted in Taylor's death.

In her ruling, the judge had ordered for names to be redacted, but the attorney general argued that the order would still endanger those involved in the trial. In their motion Cameroon and Mathews also argued that releasing the files could "permanently taint potential jurors."

"The parties submit that filing discovery in the record would allow said materials, many of which may never be admitted as evidence in court, to be published by the media, and permanently taint potential jurors for trial of this matter. Redaction of personal identifiers does not remedy the problem," the motion read.

Cameron and Mathews also cited the "unprecedented" media attention on the trial as further reason to keep the evidence private.

In September a grand jury ruled that no officers would be charged for the death of Breonna Taylor. Hankison was charged with wanton endangerment after some bullets entered the wall that was connected to the home next door where three people lived.

This new request comes less than a week after Breonna Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, sat down for an interview with CBS This Morning.

The officer involved in the raid said they returned fire after Walker shot at them. Walker has said he was firing at what he believed to be intruders, not police.

Speaking with Gayle King, Walker described the incident and when asked if he was certain of his account he said, "I'm a million percent sure that nobody identified themselves."

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