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Potential Blagojevich juror on politicians: 'Most of them' engage in pay-to-play

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Reporting with Lark Turner

We're whipping through jury selection in Rod Blagojevich's retrial this morning, already having questioned seven people. (The media was allowed to remain inside the overflow courtroom afterall.)

Among the potential jurors queried:

-- A male painter who sued the CTA in the late 1970s after he was "run over by a bus."
"How come you lost the case?" U.S. District Judge James Zagel said.
Juror's response: "They had better lawyers than I did." He said he's read some information on the Blagojevich case.

-- A woman who answered on her questionnaire, regarding pay-to-play and politicians: "I don't think it's right but most of them do it."
Could she put aside her general opinions? "I believe I can."

--A woman who thought Blagojevich was off-center after seeing him on reality TV shows. She said she could put aside her opinions of him.

--A woman who owns five dogs and watches "Judge Judy." "When I'm at work it's on.
"It's not much like that here," Zagel says. "I don't want you to be disappointed."

--An African American woman, who was in the Navy and whose child visited a
doctor at Children's Memorial Hospital. (there's an allegation that Blagojevich tried shaking down the hospital for a campaign contribution in exchange for a government act.) She said she didn't pay much attention to Blagojevich's first trial.

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