Jurors have been barred from taking notes during the involuntary manslaughter trial of a Detroit police officer.
Wayne County Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway gave the instruction Monday before opening statements in the trial of Joseph Weekley. She didn't explain why.
The Michigan Supreme Court in 2011 changed the rules and greatly encouraged judges to allow jurors to take notes. Chief Justice Robert Young Jr. says note-taking is a basic tool in determining the truth during a trial.
Weekley is blamed for the death of a 7-year-old girl, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, in 2010. His gun discharged after he entered a home while police were searching for a murder suspect.
-- Aiyana Jones