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Public must sign-up to watch Balfour trial

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Cook County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that the upcoming trial against the man accused of killing Jennifer Hudson's family will be open to the public, but spectators will be required to register for a seat in advance.

The seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and those interested are required to register for a seat the day before they wish to attend the trial.

Members of the general public must also be 16 years of age or older. They must sign up in person at the lobby of the Criminal Courthouse, registering their name with a court deputy between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m on Friday, April 20.

Spectators are required to present a valid photo ID at registration and must arrive an hour prior to court starting to provide enough time to pass through security and complete the check-in process outside the courtroom.

Spectators will not be allowed to bring cell phones, bags, packages, coats, purses, or boxes of any kind into the courtroom. Clothing with prejudicial or inflammatory logos will also not be tolerated, and anyone being disruptive will be removed from the courtroom immediately.

Any violations to the regulations may result in the violator being held in contempt of court, and they could receive a fine according to Illinois civil and criminal law.

William Balfour was charged in the 2008 deaths of actress Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother, and 7-year-old nephew. The trial is set for Monday, April 23, 2012 at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse. 

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