Louisville NAACP Calls For Kentucky Attorney General To Resign Over Breonna Taylor … – BET

By |2022-10-04T01:22:28-04:00October 4th, 2022|Breonna Taylor|

The Louisville NAACP on Friday (Sept. 30) called on Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to resign over his steadfast defense of law enforcement in the fatal 2020 police shooting of Breonna Taylor, the Louisville Courier Journal reports.If he declines to step down, the civil rights organization will urge state legislators to impeach him. Under Cameron’s investigation, which the civil rights organization said favored the police, no one was charged with a crime. But a federal probe had a different result.“The recent federal indictments of four Louisville Metro Police officers involved in the Breonna Taylor killing has highlighted, demonstrated, and proven the insufficiency of the state investigation led by the Attorney General of the Commonwealth and an absence of an understanding of the Commonwealth’s criminal laws,” the NAACP stated.On March 13, 2020, LMPD officers forced themselves into Taylor's apartment during a botched raid, killing the 26-year-old African American woman who worked as an emergency room technician. Her death sparked outrage across the country.According to the civil rights group, Cameron sided with the police officers instead of impartially weighing the evidence. Speaking in August to a crowd at an annual political picnic in Western Kentucky, Cameron said he will “always have (law enforcement’s) back and we will always support the blue,” the Courier Journal reported.“I’m proud of the work I’ve done on behalf of every Kentuckian, and I am honored to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth as Kentucky’s 51st Attorney General, Cameron, a Black Republican running for governor in 2023, said in a statement, according to the newspaper.RELATED: DOJ Charges Louisville Police Officers Who Killed Breonna Taylor With Conspiracy, Making False Statements, And Unreasonable ForceRELATED: Kentucky AG Defends Breonna Taylor Probe After Feds Charge Cops Involved In Her DeathOn Aug. 4, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that four current and former LMPD officers have been federally charged in Taylor's death. Weeks later, former police Detective Kelly Hannah Goodlett pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to violate Taylor’s civil rights by assisting to falsify an affidavit for the home search. In addition, Joshua Jaynes, another ex-detective, was fired after it was alleged he, along with Goodlett, lied on the search warrant used when police forced themselves into Taylor's apartment, shooting Taylor while she slept in bed.This isn’t the first attempt to remove Cameron from office. WDRB reported that three grand jurors in the state’s case filed a petition in January 2021 to impeach Cameron, accusing him of committing "misdemeanors in office" that include lying to them about the Taylor investigation.But according to the Courier Journal, the Kentucky General Assembly, which is currently heavily Republican, rarely impeaches constitutional officers.

Louisville's inspector general seeking more transparency from LMPD for investigations

By |2022-10-04T00:23:17-04:00October 3rd, 2022|Breonna Taylor|

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The man hired by the city of Louisville to investigate complaints against Metro Police has a complaint of his own.He can't get answers out of the police department.Months of social unrest in Louisville and cries for accountability after the police killing of Breonna Taylor led to the creation of the Civilian Review and Accountability Board. Last year, the city's first inspector general was hired."We get the complaint, then we assign it to an investigator, the investigator does the preliminary investigation, they bring it to me, we discuss it," Inspector General Ed Harness said.Once a month, the Civilian Board meets and Harness presents complaints that were submitted. The board has reviewed 16 since June, with at least four approved for a full investigation.Once a full investigation has commenced, Harness said his team requests information from the Louisville Metro Police Department to help investigate the officer's action during the incident in question. Harness said his team reviews information including all body cam video, police reports and statements from parties involved."It would be everything that's necessary for us to reach a full and complete conclusion," he said.However, Harness said the following steps have included "speed bumps," courtesy of the police department."We can't do that and provide transparency if in fact we're getting redacted documents, and we're being hindered from getting complete access to the information," he said.In one investigation, involving potential bias in a domestic violence case, Harness said LMPD is withholding crucial details and a witness.When WDRB News asked LMPD for response to Harness saying his office should have direct access to information, the police department sent the following statement:“The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division provides a range of tools and serves as the central repository for large amounts of information available to law enforcement agencies. CJIS is central to an agency’s efforts, whether running wanted checks on individuals for active warrants, criminal history checks for employment purposes, checking cars for being stolen etc. CJIS information is, by definition, available to qualified employees of a law enforcement agency and violation(s) of CJIS protocol by an individual can compromise the entire agency’s access. The information Mr. Harness is seeking qualifies as CJIS protected information and as such, LMPD has reached out to CJIS for written guidance of how best to navigate this terrain without compromising the agency’s standing with their organization.Regarding the detective not appearing before him: the case in question stems from a 2018 incident in which the lead investigator was tragically killed shortly after beginning the investigation.  The case was then transferred to another detective for investigation and has since been reviewed by numerous detectives and supervisors.  This review includes a PSU investigation, which was completed in 2020, that uncovered no wrongdoing by any department members.  Upon the advice of counsel, the officer in question has declined to provide a statement to the OIG due to the circumstances of the case.”In turn, Harness said he consulted with Kentucky State Police on a memorandum to find a solution."And I submitted that to Chief Shields a couple of months ago, expecting that it would be signed so we can move forward," he said. "But the position of the department is that they still want to wait for the opinion of the FBI."Harness said some review documents are heavily redacted and, in a separate investigation, they're still waiting on the full body cam footage from the shootout at Shawnee Park with Herbert Lee.Some of these roadblocks were foreseen, but state lawmakers didn't give the review board subpoena powers. Based on precedent, Harness said the Department of Justice just might at the end of its ongoing investigation into LMPD."And we will be granted essentially unfettered access to the information that we need to do our investigations," Harness said.Harness said he's also working with Mayor Greg Fischer's office on solutions to collecting information.When WDRB News reached out to the mayor's office, Communications Director Jessica Wethington replied:"The goal of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is to help strengthen the trust between our residents and our police officers, and move us a step further in achieving our goals of racial justice and equity. And while LMPD is working tirelessly on more than 150 reform efforts, there are some challenges we are committed to working through to make sure the OIG has access to all information LMPD can legally provide. The OIG has only been fully operational for a short time and the Mayor is taking all steps possible, including proposing possible amendments to the ordinance and recommending to the next mayor to continue pushing a legislative agenda for the board to have subpoena power, to ensure full transparency and cooperation."In his experience, Harness said the vast majority of officers are exonerated once video is released of an incident. He feels that transparency can start to rebuild trust between LMPD and the citizens it serves.Copyright 2022 WDRB Media. All Rights Reserved.

Louisville muralist's latest work a collaboration with elementary students – WFPL

By |2022-10-04T00:23:22-04:00October 3rd, 2022|Breonna Taylor|

Louisville artist Jaylin Stewart unveiled her newest mural Monday morning alongside young collaborators from Engelhard Elementary.  The colorful mural depicting laughing and smiling children is on the wall of Family and Children’s Place at 525 Zane Street in the Limerick neighborhood near downtown Louisville. “This mural represents the caring, child-friendly and warm environment that Family and Children’s Place creates,” said Pam Darnall, president and CEO of the nonprofit. Family and Children’s Place provides resources to prevent and stop child abuse and neglect. The center also supports after-school and summer learning at nearby Engelhard Elementary through a grant from the 21st Century Foundation. Students in the after-school program worked with Stewart to conceptualize and paint the mural. Among Stewart’s most famous works is the projection of a portrait of Breonna Taylor on Louisville Metro Hall.  Stewart said at first, a lot of students worried they couldn’t paint well enough. “We don’t use that word—we don’t use ‘can’t,’” said Stewart, adding that she’s seen students grow not just creatively, but as leaders and collaborators. “This was one wall, and there was several of us, and we really had to work together and listen to each other and be patient and kind to each other to create this piece,” she said. Stewart divided the mural into numbered sections and had students tackle them one by one. Engelhard fifth-grader Tristin Morgan said the project was challenging. “You had to make the edges precise,” he said. Louisville artist Jaylin Stewart celebrates the unveiling of her latest mural with her co-creators: students from Engelhard Elementary. But he learned a lot about painting. So did his classmate Niecie Alvis, who also learned that mistakes can often be fixed. “We messed up a little, but we got better on it,” she said. The students said they hope the mural makes people feel happy as they walk into the center.  Fifth-grader Leah Boyer wanted the mural to remind people of their unique inherent value. “Everyone is different, and no one is the same,” she said, “but everyone is special.”

Interior Department to require body cameras for all law enforcement – Yahoo

By |2022-10-04T00:23:24-04:00October 3rd, 2022|Breonna Taylor|

United States Park Police and other Interior Department law enforcement will be required to wear body cameras under a new policy, the department announced Monday.The policy is part of a chapter added to the departmental manual, which will also establish standards for downloading and storing the footage as well as the public release of any incidents featuring death or serious injury.The manual will also be updated with use-of-force policies for the department, establishing new standards for use of force and requiring the collection and publication of data on such incidents. It also bans the use of neck restraints by personnel except in situations where deadly force is authorized, broadening the existing ban on chokeholds in the department. Several high-profile cases have involved police killing unarmed men with neck holds, including the 2014 death of Eric Garner and the 2020 murder of George Floyd.The manual also tightens the use of no-knock entries, allowing them only in cases where agents announcing themselves would create a risk of physical violence. Agents will also be required to get authorization for so-called no-knock warrants from their supervisors and an assistant U.S. attorney, according to the department. No-knock warrants have also been a national controversy since Louisville, Ky., police killed Breonna Taylor in March 2020.“Every single day across the country, the Interior Department’s law enforcement officers risk their lives to safeguard our communities, public lands and waters, and critical resources. In reforming policing practices, the Department is helping strengthen the unique connection that law enforcement officers have with the communities that they serve and move the nation forward towards community-focused law enforcement,” Deputy Interior Secretary Tommy Beaudreau said in a statement.The announcement comes more than a year after the Park Police’s San Francisco office announced it would require personnel to wear body cameras. U.S. Park Police Chief Pamela Smith, the first Black woman to serve in the position, announced last February that body cameras would eventually be expanded to their entire department. For the latest news, weather, sports, and streaming video, head to The Hill.

NAACP calls for Cameron's resignation – WTVQ

By |2022-10-04T00:23:25-04:00October 3rd, 2022|Breonna Taylor|

October 3, 2022 FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) — The state’s largest branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is calling for the resignation of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. The Louisville organization made the announcement Friday, Sept. 30, sending a resolution to Cameron and the state’s General Assembly that called for Cameron to step down for “failing to conduct a fair and impartial investigation into the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor.” Cameron was the one who led the state investigation into Taylor’s death. The charges lobbied by the organization against the state’s attorney general include violating Taylor’s civil rights, unlawful conspiracies and unconstitutional use of force.

'Resiliency' the Watchword of 2022 Expo East | Progressive Grocer

By |2022-10-04T00:23:26-04:00October 3rd, 2022|Breonna Taylor|

The word on the lips of many participants in sessions held during Natural Products Expo East, which took place in Philadelphia Sept. 29-Oct. 1, was “resiliency,” closely followed by an emphasis on natural/organic shareholders collaborating to further the industry and its sustainability goals.The tone was set at the keynote “State of Natural and Organic” session on Oct. 29, where Carlotta Mast, SVP of New Hope Network, identified resiliency as being key to industry success and called on all natural/organic suppliers and purveyors to “make health, joy and justice a reality for all people.”What contributes to that resiliency? The answer, according to the panel assembled for the session, is partnerships, with Le’Spencer Walker, director, merchandising vendor development at Target, stressing that diversity, with its multiplicity of views and life experiences, gives the industry more ways to deal with challenges, as well as greater access to innovative and unique products.As for how retailers are tapping into resiliency, Summer Auerbach, second-generation owner of Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets, in Louisville, Ky., which was roiled by social unrest in the wake of the killing of Breonna Taylor, spoke about how her independent five-store operation is dealing with the aftermath of that event, as well as the labor crisis. The grocer’s strategic theme for 2022, “We’re Glad You’re Here,” aims to place staff appreciation and customer service front and center, cementing the stores’ connection to the communities they serves.The discussion led Mast to assert that “partnerships will be the fuel” to propel the industry forward, as long as shareholders were “leading with love.”According to statistics presented by Nick McCoy, of Whipstitch Capital, and Kathryn Peters, of SPINS, during the session, the U.S. natural and organic products industry is poised to hit $300 billion in sales by 2023, with COVID-influenced growth expected to continue, given the lasting ways that the pandemic changed customer behaviors, and the new customers who started buying natural and organic products. In fact, across all brick-and-mortar retail channels, natural products are driving growth.The session also pointed out the importance of an omnichannel strategy to grow business as online sales growth returns to pre-COVID levels, especially since natural products shoppers buy online at nearly twice the rate of all shoppers.Amid an economic downturn and high inflation, the presenters urged retailers to strategically benchmark one to three key competitors and offer easy solutions to keep consumers coming in often, understand their shoppers’ most frequent needs and preferences, and clarify their goals by category: which are margin and which maximize share.An emerging trend noted by Mast, McCoy and Peters was that in addition to physical wellness, consumers were growing more interested in products addressing mental well-being, especially with regard to alleviating stress and anxiety/depression. This they attributed to economic forces and a shift toward greater self-awareness.

Sign orders? Circuit Judge candidates weigh in on accuracy and safety

By |2022-10-03T08:26:42-04:00October 3rd, 2022|Breonna Taylor, Election 2020|

Breonna Taylor’s death sparked a conversation about the use of search warrants. Louisville banned the use of the no-knock warrants with Breonna law, and the state of Kentucky restricted their use, allowing them only in specific circumstances. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s Search Warrant Task Force released a report in December with eight recommendations “for consideration by all Kentucky state agencies involved in the search warrant process.” The Courier Journal asked Circuit Court Judge candidates to approve warrants. Their answers are below. Each voter elects a judge in each ward. Judicial races are impartial, meaning they are not partisan. Candidates don’t campaign about problems, they campaign based on merit and experience. This also means that voters cannot rely on party affiliations in the upcoming elections. To help with this, The Courier Journal, along with community partners, will host a Candidate Forum for Circuit Court, Court of Appeals, and Kentucky Supreme Court at the Louisville Bar Association on Oct. 6 at the Louisville Bar Association. public and will be streamed live by The Courier Journal. Candidates will answer questions other than those for this publication. If you missed the District Court Forum on September 22, you can watch it again here. More:Citizens for Better Judges backs judge who signed Breonna Taylor search warrant Warrants have been an issue in recent years. How would you approach the issue to ensure fairness, accuracy and community safety? Division 4 Ebert Haegele “The law limits a judge’s ability to conduct his/her own independent investigation of facts presented in a search warrant, and as a judge, I will not exceed the limits of what the law allows me. However, I will comply with any search warrant. has been submitted to me to ensure that there is a factual and legal basis that necessitates the search.” Story continues Julie Kaelin “I have tackled this issue head-on. In 2020, I proposed a sweeping search warrant reform that would curb shopping by district court judges, require much better administration and increase transparency, all of which could make the public more confident. into the system. When this proposal was officially voted on, my fellow district judges first voted to cast their vote in secret via email, which I had never seen happen. I was the only judge who voted no to secret vote. My proposed reforms and because the vote was secret, I don’t know how any other judge voted. During this time, it was also discovered that many judges’ signatures were illegible on search warrants. Only one judge consistently printed their name as well, and it was I. Official warrant forms now have a rule for this. Authorizing a search warrant is an unbelievable violation of one’s constitutional rights and cannot be taken lightly. I have made real changes and will continue to push for improvement. “ Division 5 Tracy Evette Davis Tracy Evette Davis “A judge authorizing the search of a home, business, car, etc. is a significant breach and requires strict adherence to existing legal and administrative standards to protect the constitutional safeguards citizens have against unreasonable searches and seizures. They are an important tool used by law enforcement where criminal activity is or has taken place.My approach would be to thoroughly review information, look at the timeliness of the facts in the search warrant, if there is any concern to go back and to ask questions of the requesting officer, prosecutor, investigator, etc. to make sure there is a probable reason for issuing the warrant at the time of signing. In addition, I would consider the potential security concerns of those who would be near the area where the search would take place to ensure the safety of all involved, including the potential suspect, persons in the property, innocent bystanders and officers carrying out the warrant.” Mary M. Shaw Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Mary Shaw “Assessing search warrants issued by police officers is part of the duties of a circuit judge. Any warrant should be reviewed carefully and signed only when a probable cause has been found. I am in favor of the recommendation that an officer be an officer of “The justice system has the warrant review before it is submitted to a judge. The more people involved in the warrant process, the better.” More:Not all appeals court judge candidates have bench experience. Who is qualified? Division 7 Melissa Logan Bellows Melissa Logan Bellows “As a judge, it is a huge responsibility to ensure that search warrants are supported by sufficient evidence before they are signed. As our community has seen before, the consequences can be tragic. I would adhere to the highest standards of issuing search warrants to ensure there is a fair and just cause for issuing the warrant. That said, we still need search warrants to protect our community from violence. If we work diligently with law enforcement to ensure there is sufficient cause and that search warrants are properly executed, there should be better results everywhere.” Theodore “Ted” Shouse Ted Shouse “I’ve been calling for search warrant reform for years. Currently, police officers can choose which court to file a warrant request with. Nowhere else in the legal system can a party choose their judge. Judges must be randomly assigned to review search warrant applications. “The conversation between the police officer and the judge must be recorded – just like any other conversation between litigants and judges. This is not happening at the moment. The tape of that conversation must be sealed until the warrant is served. Then it must be turned over to the “defendant as part of the normal discovery process so that the defendant knows what was said. That’s important information about the investigation. Rejected warrant applications to be filed and made available after the charges are filed.” Division 9 Sarah Clay Sarah Clay “Search warrants have been an issue for good reason. There is currently no record of the discussion that takes place between a warrant-seeking officer and judge, and officers can choose which judge to go to when they want a warrant signed. I think that transparency in the justice system is of the utmost importance.I would argue for an amendment to the local rule that requires the conversation between the judge and the prosecutor to be recorded and then made available to counsel in the case. In conjunction with that rule change, I would support the arbitrary assignment of judges to justify applications.” Nichole Taylor Compton Nichole Taylor Compton “The Constitution gives every person sacred rights, including those granted under the 4th Amendment against search and seizure. Our ancestors valued those rights enough to list them. Searches are allowed only in closely tailored cases. “In some cases, search warrants are needed, but judges must make an individual assessment of each case. “Judges are tasked with approving (or disapproving) and signing search warrants. Given the role of creating checks and balances, I would be a judge using common sense and care. At any instance, I would, as a good judge would read and evaluate the information provided by the agents or the requesting agency, and make sure the information is valid and verified.If a search warrant was found to be unwarranted or unnecessary, I would inquire if additional information is needed I would only make the most responsible decision before giving consent. “We have witnessed many instances where our system has failed to do this, failing our community. We have seen abuse or overuse violate rights and compromise reasonable searches. The people of Jefferson County deserve safety, fairness, and enjoyment of our “Constitutional rights. Signing search warrants will never be a rubber-stamped task in my judicial tenure. Too much is at stake.” Division 10 Dorislee Gilbert Dorislee Gilbert “As required by law, I will thoroughly review any search warrant application submitted to me and sworn in for me by a knowledgeable officer. If additional information is required or presented orally in support of the search warrant granting, I will require it to be included in the written affidavit to make a complete and verifiable record. I will consider legal requirements, such as a link between the crime under investigation and the evidence sought, lack of steeliness of evidence, and establishing trustworthiness of confidential informants. As required by the Constitution, I will demand probable reason for issuing a search warrant. I will follow the recently passed laws regarding higher standards for no-knock warrants. With my years of experience as a prosecutor, particularly one who advised other prosecutors on legal issues, I am equipped to assess the legal adequacy of search warrant applications.” Patricia “Tish” Morris Patricia Morris “First, any warrant must be examined and thoroughly reviewed before it is signed. Second, any outside influence or political motivation must be removed from the judiciary when signing the search warrant. Finally, the judges signing the search warrant must direct that to negative unjustified endangerment to the community must be held accountable.” This article originally appeared in Louisville Courier Journal: Signing Orders? Here’s what Circuit Judge Candidates have to say:

Signing warrants? Circuit Judge candidates weigh in on accuracy and safety

By |2022-10-03T06:37:42-04:00October 3rd, 2022|Breonna Taylor, Election 2020|

The death of Breonna Taylor spurred conversation about the use of search warrants. Louisville banned the use of the no-knock warrants with Breonna's Law and the state of Kentucky limited their use, allowing them in only specific circumstances.Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's statewide Search Warrant Task Force released a report in December that included eight recommendations "for the consideration of all Kentucky state agencies involved in the search warrant process." The Courier Journal, asked Circuit Court Judge candidates about approving warrants. Their answers are below. Every voter will select a judge in each division.Judicial races are nonpartisan, meaning they are not party-affiliated. Candidates do not campaign on issues, they campaign on merit and experience. This also means that voters can not rely on party affiliations when voting in the upcoming election. To help with this, The Courier Journal along with community partners, will host a Candidate Forum for Circuit Court, Court of Appeals and Kentucky Supreme Court on Oct. 6, at the Louisville Bar Association from 4-6 p.m. This forum is open to the public and will be livestreamed by The Courier Journal. Candidates will answer different questions than the ones asked for this publication.If you missed the District Court Forum on Sept. 22, you can watch it again here.More:Citizens for Better Judges backs judge who signed Breonna Taylor search warrantWarrants have been an issue in recent years. How would you approach the issuance to ensure fairness, accuracy and the safety of the community?Division 4Ebert Haegele"The law limits a judge’s ability to conduct his/her own independent investigation into facts presented in a search warrant, and as judge, I will not exceed the bounds of what the law permits me to do. However, I will review and scrutinize every search warrant presented to me to ensure both a factual and legal basis exists which necessitate the search."Julie Kaelin"I have approached this issue head-on. In 2020, I proposed sweeping search warrant reform that would curb judge-shopping in District Court, require far better record-keeping and increase transparency, all of which could give the public more confidence in the system. When this proposal was called for official vote, my fellow District judges first voted to cast their votes in secret by email, which I had never seen happen. I was the only judge who voted no to secret voting. My proposed reforms did not pass, and because the vote was secret, I do not know how any other Judge voted. During this time, it was also discovered that many judges' signatures were unreadable on search warrants. Only one judge consistently also printed their name, and it was me. Official warrant forms now have a line for this. Authorizing a search warrant is an incredible infringement on a person's Constitutional rights, and cannot be taken lightly. I have made real change, and will continue to push for improvement."Division 5Tracy Evette Davis"A judge authorizing the search of a dwelling, business, car, etc is a significant intrusion and requires strict adherence to existing legal and administrative standard to protect the constitutional safeguards citizens have from unreasonable searches and seizures. They are an important tool used by law enforcement where criminal activity is taking place or has taken place. My approach would be to review information thoroughly, look at the timeliness of the facts given in the search warrant, if there are any concerns to go back and ask questions of the requesting officer, prosecutor, investigator, etc. to assure there is probable cause for the issuance of the warrant at the time of signing. In addition, I would weigh in the possible safety concerns of those who would be near the area where the search was to take place to assure safety of all involved, including the potential suspect, persons within the premises, innocent bystanders and officers executing the warrant."Mary M. Shaw"Reviewing search warrants prepared by police officers is a part of a circuit judge's duties. Each warrant must be carefully reviewed and only signed when probable cause is found. I am in favor of the recommendation that an officer have a prosecutor review the warrant before presenting it to a judge. The more people involved in the warrant process - the better."More:Not all Appellate Court Judge candidates have experience on the bench. Who's qualified?Division 7Melissa Logan Bellows"As a Judge, it is an enormous responsibility to ensure that the search warrants are supported by adequate evidence before signing them. As our community has seen before, the ramifications can be tragic. I would hold to the highest standards regarding the issuance of search warrants, to ensure that there is a fair and just cause for issuing the warrant. That being said, we still need search warrants to keep our community safe from violence. If we work diligently with law enforcement to ensure that there is adequate cause and that the search warrants are executed properly, there should be better outcomes all around"Theodore “Ted” Shouse "I have advocated for search warrant reform for years. Currently, police officers can choose which judge to present a warrant application to. Nowhere else in the court system does a party get to pick their judge. Judges should be randomly assigned to review search warrant applications. "The conversation between the police officer and the judge should be recorded—just like every other conversation between litigants and judges. This is not done currently. The tape of that conversation should be sealed until the warrant has been served. Then it should be turned over to the defendant as part of the normal discovery process so that the defendant will know what was said. That is important information about the investigation. Rejected warrant applications that should be filed and made available after charges have been filed."Division 9Sarah Clay"Search warrants have been an issue for good reason. Currently, no record is made of the discussion that occurs between a warrant-seeking officer and judge, and officers are able to choose what judge they go to when seeking to have a warrant signed. I think transparency in the court system is of paramount importance. I would advocate for a local rule change that would require the discussion between the judge and officer to be recorded and thereafter made available to counsel in the case. In conjunction with that rule change, I would support the random assignment of judges to warrant applications. "Nichole Taylor Compton"The Constitution gives each person sacred rights, including those afforded under the 4th Amendment against search and seizure. Our forefathers valued those rights enough to enumerate them. Searches are only allowed in narrowly-tailored instances."Search warrants are necessary in some cases. However, judges must give each case individualized consideration."Judges are tasked with approving (or disapproving) and signing search warrants. Given the role of creating checks and balances, I would be a judge who uses common sense and care. With each instance, as a good judge would, I would read and evaluate the information given by the officers or requesting agency, ensuring the info is valid and verified. If a search warrant request appeared unjustified or unnecessary, I'd inquire or require additional information. I'd only make the best sound decision before authorizing."We have witnessed many instances where our system has failed to do so, failing our community. We have seen how misuse or overuse violates rights and tarnishes reasonable searches. The people of Jefferson County deserve safety, fairness, and to enjoy our constitutional rights. Signing search warrants will never be a rubber-stamped task in my judicial tenure. Too much is at stake."Division 10Dorislee Gilbert"As required by law, I will thoroughly review every search warrant application presented to me and sworn to before me by an officer with knowledge of the facts. If additional information is required or orally offered to support the grant of the search warrant, I will require that it be included in the written affidavit in order to make a complete and reviewable record. I will be mindful of legal requirements like a nexus between the crime being investigated and the evidence sought, lack of staleness of evidence and establishment of reliability of confidential informants. As required by the Constitution, I will require probable cause for issuance of a search warrant. I will follow recently enacted laws regarding higher standards for no-knock warrants. With my many years of experience as a felony prosecutor, particularly one who advised other prosecutors regarding legal issues, I am equipped to judge the legal sufficiency of search warrant applications."Patricia "Tish" Morris"First each warrant must be scrutinized and thoroughly reviewed before signing. Secondly, any outside influence or political motivation must be removed from the judiciary when signing the search warrant. Finally, those judges that sign the search warrants that lead to negative unwarranted danger to the community must be held accountable."

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