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One Juror Down at Blago Trial

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Judge James Zagel restarted the trial of Rod Blagojevich after a holiday break with one less juror in his box.

    Juror No. 115, a female, has been excused because of an illness in her family.

    She'll miss the prosecution's sprint to the finish line, which could come as early as next week. But there are plenty of alternates to fill her seat -- this trial carried six of them.  

    All of the juror's identities have been protected thus far because Zagel issued a ruling stipulating that none of their identities would be revealed to the media. That could change, however, as a Federal Appeals court ruled that Zagel acted hastily. He may rule to release the names as the trial progresses.

    Whomever replaces the dismissed juror will today hear from two FBI agents after former Tony Rezko associate Michael Winter finishes his testimony.

    Agent Jane Ferguson will testify about documents returned from a subpoena on Patti Blagojevich's real estate company, River Realty. Agent Pat Murphy will testify about the FBI's interview with Rod Blagojevich, during which he is accused of making misleading statements.