CHICAGO (AP) -- Jury selection has resumed in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich with attorneys getting another opportunity to raise objections to the potential jurors questioned so far.
Federal Judge James Zagel agreed with defense attorneys Monday morning to send a tollway worker home. But Zagel denied a defense request to strike an airport security employee off the list of potential jurors on grounds he has contact with the FBI through work. Zagel also let a Polish-born woman go because she has some difficulty understanding English.
The judge is expected to question more potential jurors later Monday, then whittle the final panel down to 12 jurors plus an unspecified number of alternates Tuesday morning. Opening statement could begin later that same day.
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APTV 06-07-10 1000CDT