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Blagojevich retrial: Oprah juror can stay -- for now

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Reporting with Lark Turner

Judge James Zagel told both sides to admit it -- they want to keep the "Oprah juror" who said she has tickets to Oprah Winfrey on May 10. The woman told the judge she didn't want jury service to interfere with her going to that show.

Zagel suggested of rescheduling the trial around that day's taping but:
"That seems a little over the top."

Zagel noted that the woman would survive if she couldn't make the show. The defense suggested maybe scheduling that day's proceedings around the show's taping.

Zagel asked the woman if she had one ticket to attend the taping of the show, which will be in its final month of taping in May.

"Four tickets," she corrected him.

By day's end, the woman survived strikes "for cause" as other potential jurors were tossed, including after they cited economic hardship.

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