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(NEW YORK) — The New York State Supreme Court on Thursday decided not to release the grand jury testimony in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, the Legal Aid Society, the New York Civil Liberties Union and others had moved for the release of testimony before the grand jury that did not result in an indictment against the police officers who choked Garner just prior to his death. Of note, New York Police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who placed the chokehold on Garner, testified before the grand jury.

According to court documents, the judge decided that there was no “compelling and particularized need” for the release of the grand jury minutes. Additionally, he said, while “the movants argue for a ‘sea change’ in the law governing the disclosure of grand jury minutes,” doing so through the judiciary is not the way that should be done. Instead, the judge said, “that change should be effected by the state legislature.”

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