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Lawyer for grand juror in Breonna Taylor case: Kentucky AG didn’t present everything – NBC News

A grand juror in the Breonna Taylor case who filed a court motion seeking the release of the grand jury’s transcripts and permission from a judge to speak publicly did so out of a concern for truth and transparency, the juror’s lawyer said Tuesday.

“The grand juror that we represent felt compelled to take some sort of an action based upon the indictment that was rendered in the subsequent press conference and messages from the attorney general’s office about how everything played out,” Kevin Glogower, one of the juror’s lawyers, said at a news conference Tuesday.

In his 15 years in practice, Glogower said he had never seen a grand juror make such a request.

The grand juror retained his services Friday, two days after a grand jury indicted a former Louisville detective, Brett Hankison, on charges of wanton endangerment in connection with shots that strayed into another apartment.

“I think the only lag there was trying to wrestle through what they had seen reported and then released at the press conference and figuring out where they go from there,” Glogower said.

Hankison, who was fired in June, is accused of recklessly firing his gun during a raid on Taylor’s apartment in March. Neither Hankison nor the two officers who shot Taylor, Myles Cosgrove and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, were directly charged in Taylor’s death. Cosgrove and Mattingly, who was wounded in the shooting, are on administrative leave. Hankison was arraigned Monday in Jefferson Circuit Court and pleaded not guilty. He is free on $15,000 bond.

During the arraignment, Judge Ann Bailey Smith ordered that the recording of the grand jury proceedings be filed with the court by noon Wednesday. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron had faced calls from the governor and mayor, among others, to post as much evidence as possible online. Last week, he said he would not because it would “compromise” a federal investigation into the incident “and violate a prosecutor’s ethical duties.”

On Monday night, Cameron said he would comply with the judge’s orders.

“The grand jury is meant to be a secretive body,” he said in a statement. “It’s apparent that the public interest in this case isn’t going to allow that to happen.”

Cameron also clarified “the only charge recommended was wanton endangerment.”

“Our prosecutors presented all of the evidence, even though the evidence supported that Sgt. Mattingly and Detective Cosgrove were justified in their use of force after having been fired upon by Kenneth Walker,” Taylor’s boyfriend, he said.

Glogower noted that Cameron is going to release the grand jury recordings because he was ordered to publicly file it as discovery in Hankison’s criminal case. “So that’s not exactly the same as just a blanket release in my opinion,” Glogower said, adding that he expects audio or video testimony to be released.

Glogower said his client wanted to remain anonymous “or as anonymous as possible” and believed Cameron had misspoken when he said the grand jury “agreed” with his team’s investigation that Mattingly and Cosgrove were justified in their actions.

“While there are six possible homicide charges under Kentucky law, these charges are not applicable to the facts before us because our investigation showed — and the grand jury agreed — that Mattingly and Cosgrove were justified in the return of deadly fire after having been fired upon,” Cameron said at a news conference last Wednesday.

The motion accuses Cameron of using the grand jurors “as a shield to deflect accountability and responsibility for those decisions” and says that has led to “more seeds of doubt in the process.”

“The primary concern that our client has is, if you watched the press conference after the reading of the indictment, the attorney general laid a lot of responsibility at the grand juror’s feet,” Glogower said. “If you look at the statement that the attorney general’s office released yesterday, they attempted to walk that back. And I think the concerns as we noted in our motion of the grand juror probably got their attention and hopefully that’s going to help facilitate a little more transparency in how things occurred.”

Walker has said police did not identify themselves and that he mistook them for intruders. He fired his gun once after officers broke down Taylor’s door March 13. Cameron said that a single witness corroborated officers’ accounts that they knocked and announced themselves.

This is among the unresolved issues, Glogower said.

Cameron was asked pointedly by a reporter last week “why he made such a distinction between one witness regarding the knock and announce issue versus multiple other witnesses who said something different,” Glogower said.

“What we’re getting from the attorney general’s office twofold at this point is that they presented everything,” Glogower said. “I would submit to you, based on their own statements, they didn’t do that.”

Also at issue and among the things the public deserves to know, Glogower said, is whether the grand jury was given an option of charging the two officers who shot Taylor, an emergency medical technician. He questioned whether this is in the recording and if Cameron’s office presented all the charges they alluded to.

“That issue has not been directly addressed,” Glogower said. “And those are exactly the concerns that our client has, that we believe other grand jurors probably have and that the public has.”

It is unclear when the ruling will be made on whether grand jurors can speak publicly. There are anomalies in the Taylor case, Glower said, such as how long grand jury proceedings lasted.

“We know that it took roughly two-and-a-half days,” Glogower said, which he said is unprecedented in Jefferson County at the state level.

It is possible much of the proceedings may not have been recorded, Glogower said, in which case, allowing jurors to speak publicly could provide transparency in the case.

“The point of the whole action is to get more into the narrative. It’s not really about changing the narrative,” Glogower said. “It’s about opening it up to a more full truth for everybody to see.”

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Grand Jury Deliberations in Breonna Taylor Case Will Be Released – The New York Times

U.S.|Grand Juror in Breonna Taylor Case Says Deliberations Were Misrepresented

The Kentucky attorney general’s office said it would release the panel’s recordings after a grand juror contended in a court filing that its discussions were inaccurately characterized.

Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

Rukmini Callimachi

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A juror in the Breonna Taylor case contends that the Kentucky attorney general misrepresented the grand jury’s deliberations and failed to offer the panel the option of indicting the two officers who fatally shot the young woman, according to the juror’s lawyer.

The unnamed juror filed a court motion on Monday seeking the release of last week’s transcripts and permission from a judge to speak publicly to set the record straight. Hours later, the office of Attorney General Daniel Cameron granted both requests, saying that the juror is free to speak and that recordings of the session will be made public.

“This is something where the juror is not seeking any fame, any acclaim, any money,” said Kevin M. Glogower, the juror’s lawyer.

Mr. Glogower said the juror came to him last week in a state of turmoil after Mr. Cameron repeatedly said at a news conference that the law did not permit him to charge Sgt. Jon Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, the two white officers who shot Ms. Taylor, a Black woman, after one officer was shot by her boyfriend — and that the jury had agreed with him.

“While there are six possible homicide charges under Kentucky law, these charges are not applicable to the facts before us because our investigation showed — and the grand jury agreed — that Mattingly and Cosgrove were justified in the return of deadly fire after having been fired upon,” Mr. Cameron said, one of several moments in the news conference where he emphasized such a consensus.

According to Mr. Glogower, the juror was unsettled by the fact that the grand jury was not given an option of charging the two officers at a time when the community has been roiled by demonstrations seeking their indictment. The 12-member panel was presented only with possible charges for Detective Brett Hankison, who was fired in June.

Mr. Hankison was accused of behaving recklessly when he ran into the parking lot and began shooting through Ms. Taylor’s covered patio door, his bullets flying into a neighbor’s apartment. The grand jury concluded that he had no self-defense claim but that he could not be charged with murder because he did not strike Ms. Taylor; he was charged with three felony counts of wanton endangerment.

Before the charges were announced last week, the city enacted a state of emergency, expecting mass protests. Courthouses shut down and businesses recorded voice mail messages apologizing to patrons for the unexpected closure. More than 200 protesters upset with the decision and demanding justice have been arrested, with some smashing windows and setting fires. One protester fired a gun at least nine times and wounded two police officers.

But legal experts had warned that Kentucky’s vigorous self-defense laws made it unlikely that Sergeant Mattingly and Detective Cosgrove would be indicted on murder charges because Ms. Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, had fired first during the police raid on her apartment. He had mistaken the officers for an intruder when they breached the door.

“We have no concerns with grand jurors sharing their thoughts on our presentation because we are confident in the case we presented,” Elizabeth Kuhn, a spokeswoman for the attorney general, said in an email on Monday night, adding that her office would release the recordings of the deliberations by Wednesday.

Ms. Kuhn said no charges could be recommended for those two officers because the investigation had concluded that their use of force was justified.

“Our prosecutors presented all of the evidence, even though the evidence supported that Sergeant Mattingly and Detective Cosgrove were justified in their use of force after having been fired upon by Kenneth Walker,” she said in an email. “For that reason, the only charge recommended was wanton endangerment.”

One longtime criminal defense lawyer, Ramon McGee, said the question of which charges the attorney general presented to the panel was not problematic.

“That is an incorrect assumption on how the grand jury process works,” he said. “Prosecutors make the decision on what witnesses are called, which evidence is tendered and what charges to recommend,” he said.

But the transcripts should be released, Mr. McGee added, because how the attorney general portrayed the process in public was potentially an issue.

Advocates for Ms. Taylor point to the juror’s complaint as evidence of a broken process, which started with the raid and included the release of an incident report that claimed the dead woman had not been injured. Despite a $12 million settlement from the city of Louisville in a wrongful-death lawsuit, Ms. Taylor’s mother said that nothing short of indicting all three officers would amount to justice.

“This just compounds the trust issue,” said Christopher 2X, a community organizer who was with Tamika Palmer, Ms. Taylor’s mother, last week when the attorney general told her the officers would not be charged. She broke down crying, he said.

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Jeep Grand Wagoneer returning as $100,000 luxury plug-in hybrid – CNET

This is technically a concept, but the production version is coming next year.


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The Jeep Grand Wagoneer was put to rest in 1991, but the full-size luxury SUV has remained in the hearts of many enthusiasts ever since. Looking to cash in on that nostalgia and break into the full-size luxury space once again, Jeep revealed the Grand Wagoneer concept on Thursday, ahead of a new production model hitting the road in 2021. And this won’t just be any new model, Jeep’s production Grand Wagoneer flagship is widely expected to crest $100,000 in top trims.


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Grand Wagoneer will have air suspension and plug-in power

In addition to the big Grand Wagoneer, Jeep will launch a smaller version, named simply “Wagoneer.” But for right now, the Grand Wagoneer is the only one making its debut.

A number of the concept’s features are already confirmed for production, including independent front and rear suspensions, a choice of three four-wheel-drive systems, a Quadra-Lift air suspension, best-in-class tow ratings and three rows of seats. Consider this Jeep’s answer to the Land Rover Range Rover.

The concept uses a plug-in hybrid powertrain, but the company isn’t offering any details right now, only saying it’s “in line with the Jeep brand’s plans to offer electrification options on all models in the next few years.” Traditional gas-only versions should be offered with the plug-in hybrid positioned as a separate model. Don’t forget, Jeep is also launching 4xe PHEV versions of other models like the Wrangler soon, too.

Jeep Grand Wagoneer concept: What’s old is now new and luxurious


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Jeep Grand Wagoneer gets 75 inches of screens

Inside the concept are screens, screens and more screens — seven total — including one just for the front passenger. The driver gets a 12.3-inch gauge cluster behind the two-spoke steering wheel, and there’s a 12.1-inch central screen in the dashboard with a 10.3-inch display to the right for passengers. Your co-pilot can futz around to their heart’s content on their own dedicated screen without distracting the driver, and can even wirelessly cast content from their phone.

Below the central infotainment display is another 10.3-inch screen that controls climate functions, and rear-seat passengers get their own 10.3-inch display to manage their heating and air conditioning settings, as well. On top of that, each of the second-row captain’s chairs gets a 10.1-inch entertainment touchscreen (third-row passengers, sadly, will have to use their iPads). All told, Jeep says there’s nearly 75 inches of screen real estate inside the Grand Wagoneer. Yowza.

The Grand Wagoneer uses Fiat-Chrysler’s new Uconnect 5 system which made its debut in the 2021 Pacifica earlier this year. We’ve got a full deep dive of its features, so be sure to check that out. There’s a McIntosh audio system with 23 speakers, too, connected to a 24-channel amplifier.

Screens and screens and screens and screens and screens.


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Jeep adds big luxury to new Grand Wagoneer

The interior sure looks luxurious, and Jeep says it focuses on sustainable materials. There are plenty of throwback touches that pay homage to the original Wagoneer: The two-spoke wheel, for starters, plus some “EST. 1963” badges. The wood paneling so strongly associated with the exterior of the Grand Wagoneer comes inside, with subtle hints of heat-treated lacewood.

The front seats look to be uber-comfy, with a massage function and separate center armrests for both driver and passenger. No more playing elbow games with your spouse. The upholstery colors in Jeep’s photos are all pretty dark, but we’ll be curious to see this cabin with some lighter options, too.

Bold design with some awkward angles

And that, friends, brings us to the most polarizing part of the Grand Wagoneer: the exterior design. Obviously, we haven’t been able to see the concept in person, but from what we can see in the photos, this SUV gets some things right and some things wrong. The front fascia is delightful, with the traditional seven-slot grille lit up like a Christmas tree for a super cool light signature. Even the Wagoneer name that sits atop the grille is illuminated. LED headlights are framed in teak wood, and they look great.

A secondary split grille resides underneath the seven-slot opening, housing the LED foglights and tow hooks. Finally, an obsidian-black aluminum front skid plate finishes everything off. What could have ended up really fussy ends up looking well-proportioned; the front end is surely this Jeep’s best view. We also dig the obsidian-finished, 24-inch aluminum wheels. A big SUV needs big wheels and while 24s sound excessive, it really works.

This is where the design starts to fall apart for us.


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Where the Grand Wagoneer kind of falls apart for us is from the side and rear. With its heavy pillars and wraparound LED taillights, this otherwise imposing Jeep kind of looks like a minivan. From the dead rear view, it’s like a Land Rover Discovery — minus the dumb, offset license plate, anyway. But really, those chunky pillars and tall windows really make this thing look awkward, at least in photos.

As we saw in an earlier teaser, the Grand Wagoneer has a map of Detroit etched onto the glass roof. It’s a nod to the fact that the Jeep will be built in metro Detroit — Warren, Michigan, to be specific. And look, maps are cool and all, but this seems like a lot. Unless you live in Detroit, that is, then it rocks.

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New Jeep Grand Wagoneer coming in 2021

The new Jeep Grand Wagoneer will go into production sometime in 2021. We don’t know how much it will cost, but we’ve heard it might be quite expensive, with most industry analysts expecting it to exceed $100,000 all loaded up. For comparison, a 2021 Cadillac Escalade starts at $77,490 including destination and the Lincoln Navigator comes in at $77,480. A Land Rover Range Rover costs $93,350, but if you want three rows of seats, you actually have to get the smaller Range Rover Sport. Plus, it’s easy to bloat most of these vehicles into six-figure territory with higher trims and options. Our best guess is that the Grand Wagoneer will be priced somewhere north of $70,000.

This Jeep might just be a concept for now, but it’s easy to see how it will translate into a production SUV. Given consumers’ demands for SUVs — especially luxury offerings — are hotter than ever, it’s definitely a smart play. We can’t wait to check it out (and get it dirty) when it hits the road next year.

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Grand Theft Auto 5: Enhanced Edition – Official Trailer | PS5 Reveal Event – IGN

GTA5 is coming to PlayStation 5 with a slew of new features, as well as exclusive perks for PS5 owners.
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