Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and an attorney for the former police officer charged for his actions in the raid that killed Breonna Taylor argued Wednesday to prevent investigative material from being released to the public.
The arguments against the release of the investigative material came after the Louisville Courier-Journal requested that the material be submitted as part of the court's public record. A lawyer representing the paper argued that the public had the right to know how the case of former official Brett Hankison is being handled.
Hankison was charged with three willful threats for shooting into Taylor's neighbors' homes the night of the incident.
In Kentucky, willful endangerment is a Class D crime with fines of up to $ 10,000 and up to five years in prison. The other two officers, Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly, were not charged because, according to Cameron, Taylor's friend Kenneth Walker admitted he fired the first shot when he thought the cops were housebreaker.
"I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that the judicial system is in a sense on trial here," argued a Courier-Journal attorney Michael Abate, according to CNN. "The public has a right and needs to see not only the evidence on this case, but how the Attorney General and the Commonwealth have handled this case."
The Courier-Journal reported Wednesday that two of the major jurors in the Taylor case believe the other three officers in the case should also be prosecuted for their actions that night.
"Do I feel that justice has been done?" Grand Juror # 1 said in a telephone interview Wednesday, according to the Courier-Journal. "No. I believe that a lot more could or should have been done so that we can think about it."
"We looked at a lot of evidence," added Grand Juror # 2, "and we were able to see the likely cause in many different situations."
The two jurors, who chose to remain anonymous, could not say who should be charged and what they should be charged for, as Cameron and the prosecutors never set out the state's murderous laws to them during the Grand Jury trial.
Police officers and Cameron made no comment on what the jury said. Hankison's attorney William Stewart Matthews argued whether the materials If released, it will be difficult to find jurors who are not prejudiced by the public's intention to bring Taylor justice.
However, Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Ann Bailey Smith said Cameron himself published much of the Taylor case, including the press conference announcing the charges against Hankison and the attorney general's website entries on how to get information that be presented to the grand jury.
"It was published. It was published by your office. I think it's a little late to go back now, "Smith said on CNN.
Smith has not yet made a decision on releasing the materials and it is unknown when one will be made. A second court hearing is scheduled for January 20th at 10:30 am.