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Bye-bye Blago, hello Oprah: Potential juror won't sit on jury

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki

A potential juror with tickets to one of the last tapings of Oprah Winfrey's show, nicknamed "The Oprah Juror," has been excused from jury duty.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel had briefly considered scheduling trial proceedings around the show on May 10, but said at the time that it would probably be "a little over the top." Now out of the potential pool of jurors for Blagojevich's trial, she'll get to use her four tickets and see Oprah live.

Other jurors still in the pool include a probation officer who sometimes works in the Dirksen Federal Courthouse and who knows Zagel. The defense argued to kick her out because she would have a bias toward attorneys, but Zagel said he didn't really think there was much of an "alignment" between the two.

About forty jurors are currently in the pool, and about 15 more will be questioned tomorrow morning before both sides can begin narrowing the pool to 12 jurors and six alternates.

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