Jurors in Tony Rezko's trial are not supposed to listen, watch or read the news. But Obama's recent comments might be tough to ignore.
Presidential contender Barack Obama's recent favorable comments toward Tony Rezko dominated headlines all weekend. The 18 jurors in the case (12 jurors and 6 alternates) are not supposed to pay attention to any news accounts. But ignoring a popular presidential candidate when he comes into town is a tall order. There's been a great deal of hype this weekend about Obama and Rezko's relationship. It turns out Rezko raised about $100,000 more for Obama than previously believed. And Obama said he is "saddened," by Rezko's situation and would be "disappointed" if Rezko is convicted. If there are concerns about media exposure, lawyers can ask the judge to poll each juror about whether he or she heard any news accounts.