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Louisville Judge Who Signed Breonna Taylor Warrant Loses Reelection

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The Louisville judge who signed off on the police warrant that led to the death of Breonna Taylor is blaming her election loss on “false narratives” surrounding the case.

On Tuesday (November 8), Jefferson Circuit Judge Mary Shaw lost her reelection bid to Tracy Evette Davis, who garnered 100,906 votes compared to Shaw’s 98,530, per the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office.

Shaw said she wasn’t surprised by the race’s outcome partly due to her involvement with Taylor’s case.

“I was disappointed by the results, but not surprised as there are so many false narratives surrounding the signing of the warrant which have circulated,” Shaw told the Louisville Courier-Journal.

“I’m proud of the campaign I ran, and of the 16 years I have been on the bench. It has been an honor and privilege,” she continued. “I’ll be retiring from the state after 33 years of service and am looking forward to a new chapter.”

Shaw garnered national attention for approving the 2020 no-knock warrant that allowed officers to enter Taylor’s apartment, and later, fatally shot her. She faced further scrutiny when four Louisville police officers faced federal charges in August for falsifying the affidavit that supported the search warrant Shaw signed.

Shaw’s opponent was backed by Taylor’s mom, Tamika Palmer, who sponsored a fundraiser for Davis earlier this month.

“Everybody knows what happened March the 13th (2020) with Breonna,” Palmer said earlier this month, per WAVE News. “But the more you learned about the story and the more you learned what parts people played, you had to know why those people did what they did, or how did they end up in those positions and not care about the job that they were doing.”

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