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Blagojevich juror: It would take a lot "to convince me that he were not guilty."

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Reporting with Lark Turner

As the afternoon session of jury questioning continues, Rod Blagojevich faces some stiff opinions.

"It would probably take a strong case on Mr. Blagojevich's part to convince me that he were not guilty," said one female potential juror. Though she later said she could put her opinions aside if she were tapped to be on the jury.

Another man, however, said he's pored through the transcripts and tapes already. He would find it impossible to separate what he's already heard and what happened in the courtroom.

"I don't know that I can just concentrate on certain facts," he told the judge.

"After all the media attention and the appearances in the media of the defendant here, he owes the people of Illinois an explanation, he should take the stand and explain," the same man said in his jury questionnaire.

Yet another woman had strong opinions of the former governor.
In fact, U.S. District Judge James Zagel accused her of inflating her feelings to try to get out of jury service.

"What I wrote in there is exactly how I feel," she told Zagel.

Zagel cut her questioning short.

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