A Kentucky judge ordered grand jury records from the Breonna Taylor case to be released on October 20th, to show "publiclyelected officials are being honest,” according to NBC News.
An unknown member of the grand jury sued to speak publicly, and records were released by an official order from Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Annie O'Connell. The ruling has made way for members of the jury to speak publicly, and answer any questions about the case if they choose.
In most cases, grand juries remain anonymous, but in the case of the late Breonna Taylor, everyone involved during the night of her murder is known to the public. In addition, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has given extensive statements on the case.
"To be clear, this court's ruling on this motion is applicable only to this case," O'Connell wrote.
"There exists additional interest to consider in making this decision: the interest of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to be assures that its publicly elected officials are being honest in their representations."
On September 23, former Louisville police Det. Brett Hankison was indicted for firing shots into the apartment of Taylor's neighbors. There was not
a single charge against any of the officers over the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, as she and her boyfriend were slept inside her apartment on March 13.
“As applied in this case, this court finds that the traditional justifications for secrecy in this matter are no longer relevant,” O'Connell wrote in her 11-page order. “Thisis a rare and extraordinary example of a case where, at the time this motion is made, the historical reasons for preserving grand jury secrecy are null.”
The lawyer of the anonymous juror, now referenced as “Grand Juror No. 1,” says his client wants to square what happened in the grand jury room with the Cameron has stated publicly, according to NBC News.
"My client is aggrieved, to use that term, that what was presented (in grand jury proceedings) is not being publicly disclosed," Glogower said. "The concern is truth and transparency."