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Minimal Grand Jury Information Released In The Eric Garner Case

The District Attorney asked for a general accounting of what the grand jury heard, a source said, a stark difference from the complete evidence and testimony release provided after the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury.

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After a Staten Island grand jury decided Wednesday to not indict an NYPD officer for applying a fatal chokehold on Eric Garner, District Attorney Dan Donovan said he requested that a judge order the release of "specific information."

On Thursday, judge Stephen Rooney ordered a partial release of Donovan's request.

Donovan didn't ask the judge to release transcripts, as the district attorney did in the Ferguson case did, a source said, adding that Donovan didn't ask for much more than what was released. About "75% to 80%" of Donovan's request was granted, the source said.

Here is the sum of that information. These aren't the documents that will eventually be released, this is the release:

Donovan said in a statement:

Pursuant to the Court's Order dated today, December 4, 2014, in response to my sealed application made on December 3, 2014, pursuant to CPL §190.25 (4) (a), I am authorized to release only the information contained in the attached Order.

I respect the Court's exercise of its discretion, and will abide by the Court's Order. As such, I will have no further comment in connection with the grand jury proceedings relating to the matter of The Investigation into the Death of Eric Garner."

Tom Namako is the deputy news director for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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