Jury selection continued Monday in the Rod Blagojevich retrial, with 14 potential jurors making it to the next round.
UPDATE: 4:30 p.m.
Court dismissed for the day with 14 more people added to the potential jury pool. Combined with last week's jury selection, so far the judge has 26 potential jurors. He's hoping for more than 40. Court resumes on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
UPDATE: 4:15 p.m.
Judge tells juror who was worried about missing the May 10 Oprah show (she has four tickets) that he could alter the trial's schedule for her.
UPDATE: 3:50 p.m.
Court resumes with challenges to potential jurors. Several have been tossed. The psychologist with suicidal patients is out, the Chicago Tribune editor is out.
UPDATE: 3:35 p.m.
Court is on a short break. So far today, 25 jurors have been questioned. The judge was hoping for 40, but might not get that far.
UPDATE: 2:29 p.m.
A potential juror who is a psychologist asked the court he not serve on the jury because his suicidal patients need him. He was not relieved. Another member of the jury pool is a sleep disorder expert.
UPDATE: 1:53 p.m.
After lunch, Judge Zagel swore in another 40 potential jurors and began questioning the first one.
UPDATE: 12:20 p.m.
As of the court’s lunch break, 12 potential jurors had been questioned. In a light-hearted moment, one said she was a fan of Judge Judy, but Judge Zagel said it would not be like that in his courtroom.
There was some serious concern that many potential jurors are biased against Blagojevich. To the potential juror who thought Blagojevich was “a little off center,” the judge said that doesn’t mean the person has already decided on guilt or innocence. Another potential juror believes many politicians engage in pay-to-play.
Of those questioned Monday, one was a weekend editor for Chicago Tribune, who admitted to being a voracious reader of all things Blagojevich, there was also a graphic artist, a dietician who specializes in bananas and a painter.
UPDATE: 11:18 a.m.
Court took a short break. Nine jurors have been questioned thus far Monday morning.
UPDATE: 10:54 a.m.
One potential juror said Blagojevich seems "a little off-center," and another recalled Blagojevich "was caught on tape." Another woman said she didn't want to miss an Oprah Show on May 10 she has tickets for.
UPDATE: 10:28 a.m.
The judge was questioning the court's fifth potential juror for the day. The first woman was a Navy veteran who said she didn't pay much attention to the first trial, according to the Associated Press.
UPDATE: 9:45 a.m.
Court is called into session.
UPDATE: 9:26 a.m.
Blagojevich arrives at the Dirksen Federal Building. All he said to the media as he headed upstairs to the courtroom was "I'm working today."
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