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Tomorrow: NYCLU to Argue for Release of Garner Grand Jury Records

NEW YORK, NY. - On Thursday,  Feb. 5, a Staten Island judge will hear a New York Civil Liberties Union request that he publicly release the transcript from the Grand Jury which failed to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner, as well as the evidence presented and instructions the jury was given in the case.

Judge William E. Garnett will hear requests from the NYCLU, the Legal Aid Society, the public advocate’s office and The New York Post.

“The failure to indict the officer responsible for the death of Eric Garner has undermined the public’s trust in our criminal justice system, and New Yorkers from across the state have taken to the streets to demand answers,” said NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman. “If there was ever a case where the public needs to know all the facts, it’s this one.”

The NYCLU’s request allows for the names and personally identifiable information about jurors, witnesses and court employees to be redacted. It also allows Garner’s autopsy photographs and personal medical records to remain sealed. To read the NYCLU’s full papers in the case, visit

What: Hearing for release of Grand Jury records in Eric Garner case

When: 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 5 (open to the public with limited space available)

Where: 18 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island


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