Appeals court hears arguments over Garner grand jury record

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BROOKLYN— An appeals court is revisiting the issue of whether the grand jury record in the Eric Garner chokehold death case should stay sealed.

The three-judge panel is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday morning in Brooklyn.

A judge on Staten Island had ruled in March that the records would remain under seal. The parties seeking the release of the minutes appealed. They include the New York Civil Liberties Union, Legal Aid Society and the Public Advocate's office.

Officers stopped Garner last summer on suspicion of illegal cigarette sales. In the course of taking him into custody, an officer wrapped his arm around Garner's neck. Garner lost consciousness and died.

The NYCLU and others had asked the court to order the Staten Island district attorney to release the grand jury transcript.


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