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Rod Blagojevich Retrial Jury Selection Expected to Wrap Monday


Opening statements for the Rod Blagojevich retrial are still scheduled for Monday, even though Judge James Zagel said the final jury won't be selected until Monday morning.

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Key Points:

  • After four days of questioning, 40 potential jurors were in the jury pool Wednesday night. The judge will question a few more Thursday, then the attorney’s peremptory challenges will reduce the pool to 18 on Monday.
  • One of the potential jurors that was let off Wednesday was juror number 137, who was concerned because she has four tickets to an Oprah Winfrey Show taping on May 10. Blagojevich said he was glad she'll get to see Oprah and said the tickets were “not just golden; they're effing golden.”


UPDATE:     4:45  p.m.
Court finished for the day with 45 jurors in the jury pool. Peremptory stikes will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, to trim the jury down to 18.

Opening arguements are expected to begin later that day. The prosecution and the defense will need one hour each for those arguements.

Before the day is over, they expect to call the first witness, FBI agent Daniel Caine. He was the supervising case agent for the investigation, and was also the first witness called in the previous trial.


UPDATE:    1:04 p.m.
Before court broke for lunch, seven jurors were questioned. Only one was added to the jury pool, however, so the judge is still seeking four more before peremptory strikes.


UPDATE:    12:15 p.m.
The goal for Thursday is to get five more potential jurors for the pool. Early Thursday, the defense protested when the prosecution objected to a juror who was unemployed and disabled, saying prosecutors only wanted jurors out of a “Norman Rockwell painting.” Nevertheless, the judge agreed with the prosecution, saying he had concerns that juror would have trouble remembering the details of the case, and removed him from the jury pool.

Though opening statements are still expected Monday, the jury will not be seated until Monday morning, the judge said. Zagel announced peremptory strikes will have to take place Monday morning, then opening statements were likely to begin that afternoon.


UPDATE:    11:12 a.m.  
Court was called into session, but before jurors were questioned the judge spoke with attorneys.  The defense was accusing the prosecution of using a "class standard" in selecting jurors.


UPDATE:    9:29 a.m.  
Blagojevich arrives at the Dirksen Federal Building, as usual, and says nothing to the media as he heads up to court.


UPDATE:    9:03 a.m.  
Blagojevich leaves his Ravenswood Manor home.



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