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Blagojevich trial: Day one means early rising for reporters

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There's already a line outside the courtroom where Rod Blagojevich and his brother will stand trial, beginning with jury selection today.

The first person in line is Susan Berger, a freelance reporter who authors the blog: She arrived at 6 a.m.

A Statehouse News reporter says he arrived at the courthouse at 5:30 a.m., an AP photographer says he was here at 5 a.m. to get good positioning in the lobby's "bullpen" and it's rumored some poor Fox News intern was sent here at 4 a.m.

The kicker though is that Rod Blagojevich might not even show up until close to 11 a.m. today.

Lawyers had a late night looking through jury questionnaires and defense attorneys were told they don't have to be here until 11. There's a 9:30 a.m. hearing today on media access to jurors' information but defense lawyers say they were told they don't have to attend.

There's a handful of TV and print reporters and camera crews outside the federal courthouse.

The word on Blago: He originally was scheduled to arrive outside the courthouse at 9:15 a.m. The U.S. Marshals Service will barricade Dearborn Street every day to allow him controlled entry. They've asked him not to give interviews except in a designated "media pit," which is inside the courthouse's main lobby.

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This page contains a single entry by Natasha Korecki published on June 3, 2010 7:34 AM.

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