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Wednesday, April 23, 2014Members of the general public who wish to observe the post-trial motions hearing and sentencing for People VS.  Church, Chase & Betterly will be required to register for a seat in advance, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office announced today.

The Post-Trial Motions Hearing and Sentencing are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014, at the George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse, 2650 S. California Avenue, Chicago. The defendants are Brian Church, 22, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Jared Chase, 25, of Keene, New Hampshire; and Brent Betterly, 25, of Oakland Park, Florida. The three men were convicted on two counts of mob action and two counts of possession of an incendiary device in early February following a 3-week jury trial.

Seating for the general public is limited, but will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

All members of the general public interested in viewing the Post-Trial Motions Hearing and Sentencing  must sign up in person in the lobby of the Criminal Courthouse.  The sign up hours are: Wednesday, April 23 from 2-5 p.m. and Thursday, April 24 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and April 24 from 2-5 p.m. To sign up, interested parties must register their name with a Court Deputy in the lobby of the courthouse. Individuals are not allowed to register anyone other than themselves.

Additionally, the general public may register on Friday morning after 8:30 a.m. outside Sentencing Courtroom 506, however, entry is not guaranteed for the start of proceedings that day. Those registering on Wednesday and Thursday will be allowed Courtroom entry and are reminded to arrive one hour prior to the start of proceedings. This will allow ample time to pass through the main courthouse security area as well as complete the check-in process outside the Sentencing Courtroom before being seated. All spectators are required to be seated in the Courtroom 20 minutes prior to the start of proceedings.

Everyone registering must present a valid, government-issued photo identification card including a driver’s license and state ID or passport.

Spectators will not be allowed to bring cell phones, bags, packages, briefcases, purses, boxes, notebooks, paper, pens or pencils of any kind into the Courtroom or wear any type of clothing with prejudicial or inflammatory logos, per the Judge’s Decorum Orders.  Anyone causing a disruption, outburst, noise or distraction will be immediately removed from the Courtroom. Any violation may result in the violator being held in contempt of court and/or being subject to monetary sanctions according to Illinois civil and criminal law.   

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