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Breonna Taylor Grand Jurors File Petition To Impeach AG Daniel Cameron

Kate Howard

  Three grand jurors from the Breonna Taylor case have filed an impeachment petition against Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, alleging he misled the public about the case and misrepresented the grand jury’s actions.

They also argue he misused public funds to join a multi-state lawsuit against Pennsylvania’s election results and supported unlawful actions as a member of the National Association of Attorneys General’s executive committee, which funded robocalls urging people to march to the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

The grand jurors have remained anonymous, though the petition was filed by Louisville attorney Kevin Glogower on their behalf.

Glogower has represented three unnamed grand jurors who disputed Cameron’s public statements about the case, what evidence his office presented to the grand jury and what charges they recommended.

The citizen impeachment petition is the third filed this month against Kentucky officials.

The little-publicized process gained new traction after four citizens filed a petition to remove Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear from office and the Republican-led legislature took the unusual step of forming an official committee to review the claims.

Then eight citizens filed a petition to have Republican state Rep. Robert Goforth removed for allegedly hogtieing his wife with an ethernet cord last year and threatening to kill her—allegations that have produced an indictment against Goforth and are currently pending in a Laurel County court. That petition is being considered by the new impeachment committee as well.

In the impeachment petition filed with the Kentucky House of Representatives about Cameron on Friday, the grand jurors wrote that Cameron’s actions rose to the level of official misconduct.

“Attorney General Cameron deceived the American people and the citizens of this Commonwealth with regard to his office’s handling and involvement in the Breonna Taylor investigation and the resulting legal actions,” the petition states.

Louisville Metro Police officers shot and killed Breonna Taylor in March 2020. Commonwealth’s attorney Tom Wine initially charged Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, with assault and attempted murder for firing on the officers when they busted the door open. He recused himself from the investigation, leading to Cameron’s office becoming special prosecutor, and later dropped charges against Walker.

Cameron’s office took their investigation before a grand jury.

The petition goes on to say that Cameron misled the public during his hour-long press conference on Sept. 23, when he announced the grand jury had produced a wanton endangerment indictment against former Louisville Police Detective Brett Hankison for firing his gun into neighboring apartments during the fatal raid on Taylor’s home.

The grand jurors allege that Cameron made “blatantly false” statements about what charges his office presented to the grand jury, including the attorney general’s claim that prosecutors “walked them through every homicide offense…and then the grand jury was ultimately the one that made the decision about indicting.”

Cameron’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

In addition to the grand juror’s claims that Cameron misled the public with his account of what he presented to the grand jury, the petitioners say he should be removed for joining other Republican officials in challenging Pennsylvania’s election results.

Cameron joined a “friend of the court” brief with other Republican attorneys general arguing that absentee ballots received after polls closed on November 3 should not count in the election.

The grand jurors wrote that “no legitimate reason supports Cameron’s attack on the votes in a sister state.”

“This irresponsible action invites other states to challenge Kentucky’s voting, thereby endangering this Commonwealth’s most basic freedom,” they wrote.

Kentucky House Speaker David Osborne’s office hasn’t returned a request for comment on whether the petition has been received yet or will be heard by the impeachment committee.

Ryland Barton is the Managing Editor for Collaboratives for Kentucky Public Radio, a group of public radio stations including WKMS, WFPL in Louisville, WEKU in Richmond and WKYU in Bowling Green. A native of Lexington, Ryland most recently served as the Capitol Reporter for Kentucky Public Radio. He has covered politics and state government for NPR member stations KWBU in Waco and KUT in Austin.
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