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Blago Retrial: Daily Journal 4/20



    Welcome to the first official day of impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich' second corruption trial.

    It began quietly with potential jurors filling out questionnaires to help Judge James Zagel pinpoint any strong biases for or against Blagojevich. It was the beginning of jury selection, a hot button issue considering jurors in the first trial were hung on 23 of 24 counts.

    Blagojevich was convicted of lying to the FBI, but he still faces 20 counts, including trying to sell President Obama’s vacated Senate seat.

    Will the former governor testify in this trial, like he promised to -- but didn't -- in his first trial? He has said he intends to and his brother, Rob, agrees.

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    Judge James Zagel said he wants jury selection wrapped up next week.

    During the impeached Illinois governor's first trial, choosing a jury was a slow, tedious process studded with numerous objections and arguments from lawyers on both sides.

    On Wednesday, Joel Daly, administrator to federal courts, said Zagel intends to have the jury seated by Wednesday. That's weeks quicker than last year. [Read the full story]