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Blagojevich retrial: 150 potential jurors summoned to start selection

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Jury selection in Rod Blagojevich's retrial has started today with a group of 150 potential jurors summoned to the courthouse.

No in-court hearing is scheduled for the day but the potential jurors are now filling out a lengthy questionnaire, according to the U.S. District Court Clerk's office.

The judge is hopeful that actual juror questioning will start Thursday and end by next week, mid-week, said courts spokesman Joel Daly.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel has ruled that jurors in this case will remain anonymous until after they render a verdict.

Rod Blagojevich is not expected to show up today but will be "on stand-by" he said Tuesday.

In a Tuesday interview, Blagojevich said he felt no joy watching his last jury return a mistrial on 23 of 24 counts.
"I felt, this is what happens when you don't put on a defense," he said.

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Jury questioning, and thus, the true beginning of Rod Blagojevich's retrial, is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, according to U.S. District Court Clerk Michael Dobbins. Some 150 jurors filed into the courthouse Wednesday to fill out questionnaires.... Read More

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jerk. screw him.

IF they are not going to release the names of the jurors....Who is going to vet them? Who is going to make sure they didn't lie on their questionaires? Just another expense for the defense.

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