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Blagojevich retrial: Jury sworn in, prosecution about to deliver opening statement

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Reporting with Natasha Korecki

Blagojevich stood up and watched solemnly while his jury filed in, with three men next to each other in the jury box and 15 women filing in after them. After they were seated, Blagojevich sat down, hands folded, and looked them over.

The 12 jurors and 6 alternates have been sworn in and opening statements are about to start.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie Hamilton delivered the prosecution's opening statement last summer and will probably do so again now. During last year's statement, Hamilton began with the story of Blagojevich's alleged shakedown of Children's Memorial Hospital and moved from there to stories about the AUSL School, the Illinois Tollway and finally to the charges relating to President Obama's vacated Senate seat and the FBI recordings.

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