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Blagojevich potential juror: "I don't feel any politician plays directly by the book. Most deals involve personal gain."

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Reporting with Lark Turner

As jury questioning continues in Rod Blagojevich's retrial, it's clear that the public carries a cynical view of politicians.

One female juror wrote on her questionnaire: "I don't feel any politician plays directly by the book. Most deals involve personal gain."

U.S. District Judge James Zagel asked about another answer on her form.
"You feel that the former governor wasn't playing fair," he says.
Zagel: "He can be a not nice man and a not fair man and still those two things don't constitute a criminal offense, do you understand that?
"Yes," she said.

The next potential juror was among the most colorful of the bunch. Wearing a purple shirt and suspenders, he talked about his assault and battery conviction, his past DUI and his anger management.

"I notice you're not standing up and throwing the microphone at me," Zagel said, in reference to the anger management.

When asked on the questionnaire about the case, the man, #119, wrote: "History will reveal itself."
At that, Blagojevich smiled and leaned forward.


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