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Graduate student an unlikely jury pick

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No. 164 appears to have a number of strikes against her.

The 20-something graduate student worked for 3 1/2 years as a policy analyst in the Illinois Officer of the Comptroller. Blagojevich and Comptroller Dan Hynes have long had a tumultuous relationship.

Previously, No. 164 volunteered on political campaigns and worked as a substitute teacher -- which could be another strike, given accusations that Blago used the teacher's pension fund for his own gains.

The potential juror also said she reads two newspapers a day, mostly online -- a point that Judge Zagel had some fun with.

"Would you still continue to read them if you got charged for them?" the judge asked her.

"That's a good question," No. 164 said. "Maybe."

The defense could want to boot her from the pool for any of these reasons. They could use one of their 13 peremptory challenges to do so.

Also questioned so far were a woman who worked for a bookstore company and a nursing home social worker.

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