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Potential Blagojevich juror on media: 'Rod is being retried, blah, blah, blah'

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Jury questioning in Rod Blagojevich's retrial is winding down today but final jury picks are expected Monday morning, according to the judge.

Opening statements could then happen Monday afternoon, Judge James Zagel said.

One potential juror questioned today said he tunes out news coverage about the ex-governor.

"Rod is being retried, blah, blah, blah," he wrote on his questionnaire as a response to a question about how much a juror knows about the case. He added in court: "The news is all the same."

The juror was later removed from the pool.

Another juror questioned this morning said he had negative business dealings with a close associate of Blagojevich, who is deceased. At the judge's request, the juror didn't name him; however, he may have been referring to Christopher Kelly, a one-time fundraiser and adviser to the governor who killed himself after pleading guilty to related crimes.

He was since excused from jury duty, along with a woman who wrote that she thought Blagojevich was "guilty as charged."

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