Five more potential jurors interviewed

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Five more potential jurors for the R. Kelly child pornography trial have been questioned so far this morning: Two white women, two white men, and one African-American man.

A white woman who appeared to be in her 50s said she has served as a juror in five other cases — four of them civil suits and one a criminal case. "Oh, I'm an expert" on being a juror, the woman said.

But the woman admitted she had biases that could shape her views of the Kelly case. "I'm a mother. I believe in propriety, and society is crossing the line," she said.

The woman has a 16-year-old daughter and has worked as a teacher. Her husband is retired from the Army. Asked if she could set aside what she knew about the case and judge it on the evidence, she said, "I would hope I could. I'll be honest: I work with children, and part of my job is to keep them safe."

Still, she said, "people have the right to view whatever they choose.''

Kelly defense lawyer Ed Genson asked the woman whether she would want someone with her state of mind on the jury if she were the defendant in this case. "Probably not," the woman said.

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