Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich laughs as he arrives at the Federal Court building for closing arguments in his federal corruption trial Tuesday, July 27, 2010 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) By Charles Rex Arbogast
CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal judge hopes to begin winding down the jury selection stage of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption retrial by questioning a last batch of prospective jurors.
Heading into Tuesday, 25 people had made the initial cut after individual questioning by Judge James Zagel and remained in the jury pool.
Zagel has said he wants 40 potential panelists in that pool before making a final decisions about which 18 will sit in the jury box. There will be 12 jurors and six alternates.
The final stage of jury selection involves the defense and prosecutors using their rights to strike some people without giving a reason.
In his first trial, Blagojevich was convicted of lying to the FBI, but jurors couldn't reach a verdict on any other charges against him.
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