LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Three large jurors in the Breonna Taylor case have filed a motion against Attorney General Daniel Cameron, accusing him of “misconduct,” which includes lying about the Taylor investigation.
The petition, filed with the state House of Representatives on Friday, accuses Cameron of repeatedly lying to citizens in what was presented to the grand jury who investigated the fatal shooting of Taylor by the Louisville police on March 13th.
The great jurors, not named in the petition, claim Cameron (R) and his staff excluded information from the jurors and misled them and citizens in hopes of achieving an outcome that would lead to political gain and Cameron’s political Would “satisfy” ambitions.
“The grand jurors didn’t vote for this fight,” said Kevin Glogower, the jurors’ attorney, in a statement. “This battle chose them. These are randomly selected citizens who were forced to sit on a grand jury and who were horribly abused by the most powerful law enforcement officer in Kentucky.”
The impeachment motion is the third submitted to the legislature during the 2021 General Assembly, a 30-day session in which lawmakers must tackle a state budget. Kentucky law states that the House of Representatives “should refer the petition (s) to a committee”.
The GOP-controlled house set up an impeachment committee chaired by Louisville Rep. Jason Nemes (R), who told WDRB News last week that the state impeachment law should be reviewed in the light of petitions filed earlier this year.
In early January, four citizens filed charges against Governor Andy Beshear (D) for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The effort came after the Kentucky Supreme Court unanimously ruled in November that Beshear’s executive orders were legal and “necessary” during the pandemic.
Also that month, a group of 10 Kentuckians tried to indict a Republican from Laurel County, Rep. Robert Goforth, of allegedly strangling a woman with an ethernet cable and attempting to “bind” her during a domestic argument. In the impeachment lawsuit, Goforth is accused of “offenses in office” such as violating public trust, criminal acts of violence against women, abuse of office and state property.
Despite fears by some that the impeachment process has become politicized, Glogower said his clients’ signatures on the petition against Cameron were not politically motivated.
“The great jurors have no interest in politics, and for that purpose I think it’s also important to note that they have no interest in making a name for themselves or making any kind of money out of it,” he said. “The Grand Jurors do what they see fit as Grand Jurors and citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”
Although Glogower said he and the jurors were discussing the petition’s long chances of success, he said the trial will give them one more chance to speak publicly about the Taylor reasoning.
Cameron’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday afternoon.
House Speaker David Osborne said in a statement that he “will hold on to further comments until our lawyers review and the committee has an opportunity to act”.
This body is responsible for forwarding the petitions to the impeachment committee.
In addition to criticizing the Taylor case, the impeachment lawsuit filed on Friday alleged that Cameron used her name “jokingly or politically” at the Republican National Convention last summer “to inflict further severe and lasting emotional strain on her friends and family.”
She also accused the attorney general of instigating and promoting “rioting and violence” in Washington DC on January 6th through his role as a member of the Executive Committee of the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA).
The association paid for “radical robocalls calling on citizens to take part in the violent actions” in the Capitol, the petition said. “At 1:00 p.m. we will march to the Capitol and ask Congress to stop the theft,” the Atlanta Journal’s constitution says. “We hope that patriots like you will join us to continue fighting to protect the integrity of our elections.”
Cameron said last week he didn’t know about the robocall.
However, the petition argues that, as a member of the Executive Committee, Cameron “supported efforts to instigate, promote and fund the attacks on the Capitol, and the FBI or other agencies that could have prevented the murders and damage if they did.” Had known about this, did not notify the concerns in advance. These are persistent violations of his attorney duty in Kentucky and his attorney general duties. “
The Taylor jury has issued multiple complaints about Cameron and the investigation since the Attorney General announced on Sept. 23 that only one officer would be charged and not for shooting Taylor.
The Grand Jurors have stated that they believe additional charges should have been brought against other Louisville Metro police officers involved in the raid.
Cameron’s attorneys recommended wanton charges of endangering former LMPD detective Brett Hankison for shooting into an apartment near Taylor’s unit. The jury sued Hankison over these allegations.
Taylor, 26, was shot and killed six times when officers raided her home near Pleasure Ridge Park as part of a major drug investigation.
The jury alleged Cameron’s attorneys failed to go into details of the Kentucky Self-Defense Act or went through “any homicides,” as Cameron said in his press conference that day.
Cameron said officers were entitled to return the fire after Taylor’s friend Kenneth Walker first fired a single shot from the apartment when police stepped in.
And he said the grand jury agreed with that statement.
The judges claim this is not true and that Cameron “misled” the public in his “hour-long national press conference.”
And the jury said Cameron lied to the public about what evidence was presented to the grand jury, and even alleged that certain evidence “didn’t exist” when they did.
Cameron’s actions “exposed the grand jury to public condemnation by placing responsibility for the results of the trial at their feet”.
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