Appeals Court to Consider Unsealing Eric Garner Grand Jury Verdict

June 16, 2015 | Liam Mathews

A three-judge panel will convene in Brooklyn today to hear arguments appealing to unseal the grand jury verdict that failed to charge Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner last year, NY1 reports. On March 19, Staten Island judge William E. Garnett determined that there was no “compelling” reason to unseal the records. Last month, the NYCLU appealed to release the records.

“The Garner controversy has provoked a debate about the need for Grand Jury reform. But discussions regarding the need for reform are proceeding without any real understanding of how and why the Grand Jury reached its decision,” NYCLU Legal Director Arthur Eisenberg wrote at the time.