Retrial of Alabama Officer
A judge is limiting reporting about the second trial of an Alabama police officer accused of abusing an Indian man who was slammed down during an encounter with police. U.S. District Judge Madeline Haikala issued an order Monday saying audience members aren't allowed to have smartphones and other devices in the courtroom for the upcoming trial of Madison police officer Eric Parker. Parker is accused of violating the rights of a grandfather from India by slamming him to the ground during an encounter in February. His first trial ended with a hung jury. The judge's order says some witnesses improperly followed the first trial through live blogs. Haikala's order says she is banning such reporting from inside the courtroom to help prevent a repeat. It's unclear when testimony will begin.