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Judge bans phones from Hudson trial

2012-05-03 07:49
Jennifer Hudson

Chicago - The judge at the trial of a man accused of killing three of Jennifer Hudson's relatives has decided to bar journalists' cellphones from court.

He has been allowing their limited use during the first two weeks of trial so reporters could e-mail news updates.

But a media liaison says Judge Charles Burns decided on Wednesday he'd seen too many violations of media rules he set before trial.

E-mailing too often

They include bans on tweets, though liaison Irv Miller says none of the violations involved Twitter.

Several were phones ringing during testimony.

The judge also believed one reporter was e-mailing too often.

The phone ban takes effect on Thursday.

Hudson's former brother-in-law, William Balfour, is accused of killing the Oscar winner's mother, brother and seven-year-old nephew in an act of vindictiveness against his ex-wife.

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