Rezko jurors were asked for their positions on the governor and warned Obama's name ...
...could come up at trial. That came up in a jury questionnaire. (Download file) given to potential jurors before trial.
U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve released the blank questionnaire to the Chicago Sun-Times Monday. St. Eve, however, will not release questionnaires filled out by jurors, her court clerk said Monday.
There are 12 women and 6 men on the jury. Seven are African American and 10 are white. St. Eve has not publicly ruled the jury will be anonymous, but she neither released their names nor their juror numbers. (During public questioning, potential jurors were referred to only as numbers.)
In the questionnaire, both Blagojevich and Obama were listed among dozens of names of "possible witnesses or persons whose names might be mentioned during this trial." The list of names goes on for three pages. Separately, St. Eve read a pared down list of witnesses in court. That list did not include Obama or Blagojevich. Rezko's lawyers also last week said they had no intention of calling Obama to the stand.
Some highlights in the questionnaire include question 63: "In this trial you will hear testimony about Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his administration. What is your overall opinion, if any of Governor Blagojevich?"
The questionnaire also takes more time to ask about jurors' criminal background. That's probably in response to the jury debacle in former Gov. George Ryan's trial, where jurors' undisclosed pasts resulted in the ouster of two jurors for replacements. There's more than a dozen questions exploring potential jurors' experience in the criminal or civil legal systems.