Thursday, March 19, 2015

In Eric Garner Case, Judge Rules Against Releasing Grand Jury Evidence

A judge ruled on Thursday against releasing the evidence presented to the grand jury that decided not to indict a New York police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.
Lawyers for the parties seeking the evidence had seized on a public push after the grand jury, as well as the one in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., declined to bring criminal charges against the officers involved.
The prosecutor in the Brown case made public some of the information about the grand jury. But on Staten Island, Justice William E. Garnett of State Supreme Court decided against the request for public disclosure sought by the New York Civil Liberties Union; the city’s public advocate, Letitia James; the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; and The New York Post.

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