Daniel Cameron

Kate Howard

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Sunday’s ruling from the 6th Circuit Court Of Appeals and block Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order that closed private religious K-12 schools.

Beshear’s order, meant to curb the surge in coronavirus, bars all K-12 schools, private and public, from holding in-person classes. Danville Christian Academy filed suit and a federal district court judge granted a request for a preliminary injunction preventing the order from impacting private religious schools. Cameron joined the suit on behalf of Danville Christian and private religious schools across the state.

The district court agreed with Danville Christian and Cameron that the order harmed religious freedoms.

Erica Peterson

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, along with a Christian private school in Danville, have sued Gov. Andy Beshear for his order that private schools temporarily stop in-person classes.

The suit, filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, alleges that the governor has violated the constitution with his recent COVID-19 restrictions, specifically the mandate that all public and private schools do remote learning for the next few weeks.

Danville Christian Academy, Inc., which teaches preschool through 12th grade, is the co-plaintiff on the lawsuit.

“The Governor’s school-closure order prohibits religious organizations from educating children consistent with and according to their faith,” Cameron wrote in a press release. “The ability to provide and receive a private religious education is a core part of the freedoms protected by the First Amendment. Religiously affiliated schools that follow recommended social-distancing guidelines should be allowed to remain open.”

Kyeland Jackson

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has joined other Republican attorneys general in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate some mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania.

The lawsuit is unlikely to change the outcome of the election in Pennsylvania, which tipped the scales of the presidential election in favor of Joe Biden over the weekend. He won the state by about 45,000 votes.

Cameron is one of nine Republican attorneys general signing onto an amicus brief, or “friend of the court” brief, arguing that absentee ballots received after polls closed on November 3 should not count in the election.

Kate Howard

Attorney General Daniel Cameron is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate a Kentucky law that sought to ban a common abortion method. A lower court struck down the measure in 2019.

House Bill 454 would have banned the dilation and evacuation abortion procedure, the most common method used after the 11th week of pregnancy.

Gov. Matt Bevin signed the bill into law in 2018, but it never went into effect after the American Civil Liberties Union and EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville sued to block it.

In a statement, Cameron wrote that the bill shows Kentucky’s “profound respect for the dignity of human life.

John Boyle

Two anonymous grand jurors in the Breonna Taylor investigation say prosecutors denied them evidence they requested, dismissed their questions, created confusion and declined requests to look into additional charges during the proceedings.

The grand jurors, who are using the nicknames Grand Juror 1 and Grand Juror 2, said they heard about 40 cases over the month of September. In most cases, the prosecutor would present and explain the recommended charges first, then walk the grand jury through evidence that supported their recommendation. But the Breonna Taylor case was different, both jurors said in a call with reporters Wednesday.

Kevin Willis

Two of the grand jurors who heard the Breonna Taylor case are speaking out against Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s handling of the investigation and the actions of Louisville Metro Police officers who carried out the operation that led to her death.

In an appearance on CBS This Morning with Gayle King, the two unnamed jurors and attorney Kevin Glogower said there were several inconsistencies between Cameron’s public characterization of the proceedings and the level of involvement from grand jurors.

Juror 2 said the only charge presented to the grand jury was wanton endangerment for Brett Hankison, but no charges related to the shooting death of Taylor or against the other officers were on the table.

Kate Howard

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron asked a judge to deny a grand juror’s request to break secrecy and speak publicly about the proceedings that led to the indictment of one former police officer in the Breonna Taylor case.

An anonymous juror asked a Jefferson County judge to order the release of transcripts and free jurors of their requirement not to speak about the case presented to them by the attorney general’s office. In a motion filed Wednesday, Cameron asked the judge to dismiss the request, and said he and the Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Association have “grave concerns” about ensuring the secrecy of these proceedings.

Taylor family

Nearly 5,600 pages of documents. Hours of video and audio recordings. Ballistics reports. Social media posts from Breonna Taylor’s family’s lawyers. 

The disclosure of these and other materials that made up the police’s investigation into their officers’ fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor provides the most comprehensive official report to date of the incident that captured the nation’s attention this year.

City officials published the Public Integrity Unit’s investigative file online Wednesday, less than a week after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron made public the recordings of more than two days of grand jury proceedings, under a judge’s order.

Kevin Willis

The criminal grand jury process is shrouded in secrecy.

But even attorneys familiar with how the process works remain puzzled by the outcome and fallout from the case brought by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, whose office investigated the killing of Breonna Taylor by Louisville Metro Police officers in March.

“A prosecutor leads the grand jury to whatever he needs them to be led to,” said Heather Crabbe, an attorney who served as a public defender for six years in Northern Kentucky.

Erica Peterson

The office of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron will have until noon on Friday to file the audio recordings of grand jury proceedings related the Breonna Taylor case, a spokesperson for his office said Wednesday.

Cameron originally sought a one-week delay, ahead of a noon Wednesday deadline set earlier this week by Judge Ann Bailey Smith. Instead, she granted a two-day extension, according to Cameron spokesperson Elizabeth Kuhn.

“We are complying with the Judge’s order. The Grand Jury audio recording is more than 20 hours long, and our office filed a motion to request additional time to redact personally identifiable information of witnesses, including addresses and phone numbers,” Kuhn said in an email. “The Judge ruled on the motion today and granted an extension until noon on Friday to give us proper time to redact specific personal information of witnesses.”

Kate Howard

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron will release the recording of the grand jury that was impaneled to consider charges against the officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor, Cameron said Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, during the arraignment for former Louisville Metro Police officer Brett Hankison, a Jefferson County judge ordered Cameron’s office to file the recording with the court by Wednesday. Cameron said in an emailed statement that his office has an ethical obligation to keep grand jury proceedings secret but it was apparent that couldn’t happen due to the public interest in the case, and he will comply with the judge’s order.

Alan Simpson

A Kentucky attorney says he believes the grand jury that decided whether to bring charges against the police officers who killed Breonna Taylor made the right decision based on the facts that have been made public in the case. 

A Jefferson County grand jury this week indicted former Louisville police detective Brett Hankison, who was one of the officers at Taylor’s apartment in March to serve a search warrant.  Taylor’s boyfriend said he believed they were intruders and fired at police first. 

Hankison was only indicted on wanton endangerment for firing shots that ended up striking a neighbor’s apartment.  He was not indicted in Taylor’s death.  Attorney General Daniel Cameron said that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to suggest any of the bullets Hankison fired hit Taylor.  The two other officers involved in the drug raid were not indicted. 

Kevin Willis

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer are calling on Attorney General Daniel Cameron to release more evidence from the Breonna Taylor investigation to the public.

Cameron provided some details of the investigation during a news conference on Wednesday, following the grand jury indictment of one of the officers involved in the March 13 raid on Taylor’s apartment.

But Cameron said that, at this point, he won’t publicly release the grand jury report or full investigative findings because of the ongoing prosecution of the case and FBI investigation into the shooting.

“I think it would be irresponsible at this juncture for this office to release any sort of file,” Cameron said.

Erica Peterson

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron says his office determined that two of the three officers who fired their weapons were justified when they fatally shot Breonna Taylor.

Officer Myles Cosgrove and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly were returning fire and within their rights to defend themselves, according to Cameron, who spoke in Frankfort Wednesday afternoon at the Kentucky History Center shortly after a grand jury announced it was charging only one of the officers involved in Taylor’s death.

The grand jury indicted former Louisville Metro Police officer Brett Hankison on three counts of wanton endangerment, all connected to Hankison firing his gun and endangering Taylor’s neighbors. None of the counts are for firing into Taylor’s apartment, or directly linked to her death.

Grand Jury To Announce Findings In Breonna Taylor Case

Sep 23, 2020
Kate Howard

The grand jury in the Breonna Taylor case will present their findings to a judge this afternoon and an announcement from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron will follow.

The Administrative Office of the Courts announced that the jury will present its findings at 1:15 p.m. before Judge Annie O’Connell.

An announcement from Cameron is expected to follow, from the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort.

In preparation for the announcement, Louisville police have limited access to downtown and officials have closed federal buildings.