Blagojevich jury to be questioned

April 21, 2011

(AP/File)

Judge James Zagel is expected to start questioning potential jurors Thursday for the retrial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. More than a hundred potential jurors showed up to federal court Wednesday to fill out a 38-page questionnaire meant to weed out people who are biased either for or against Blagojevich.

On Thursday morning Zagel will likely start calling them into the courtroom one at a time to ask for clarification on some of those answers. It's a chance for the prosecutors and defense attorneys to see the jurors in person and size them up. Blagojevich is also expected to attend.

A courthouse spokesman says Zagel hopes to have a jury picked by next Wednesday, which would allow attorneys to then make their opening statements.