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Fri Mar 20, 2015, 10:07 AM

New York judge refuses to release Eric Garner grand jury documents

Source: The Guardian

New York judge refuses to release Eric Garner grand jury documents

Lauren Gambino in New York
Thursday 19 March 2015 19.44 GMT

A Staten Island judge on Thursday has decided to keep secret the grand jury testimony in the case of Eric Garner, a black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a white New York police officer.

A petition from the the New York Civil Liberties Union and others had called for the release of the grand jury transcripts, including testimony by Daniel Pantaleo, the New York police officer involved in the incident. It was brought by NYCLU; the Legal Aid Society; Letitia James, the city’s public advocate; the New York Post; and the NAACP.

“The failure to indict the officer responsible for the death of Eric Garner has left many wondering if black lives even matter,” NYCLU executive director Donna Lieberman said in a statement. “Sadly, today’s decision will only leave many asking that same question again.”

Veteran New York supreme court justice William E Garnett said in the ruling that he did not believe the civil rights lawyers had established a compelling enough reason for warrant a disclosure of the grand jury minutes.

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Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/19/new-york-judge-refuses-eric-garner-grand-jury-documents

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