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Names of Blagojevich jurors kept mum

photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

By AP/St. Louis Public Radio

Chicago – The judge presiding over former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption case says the names of the jurors will be kept secret from the public.

U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel said Monday he has ordered the anonymous jury to prevent anyone from contacting them to discuss the case. Zagel said he would release the names after the verdict.

It is improper to attempt to discuss a case with a juror outside of court unless that juror has been discharged by the judge.

Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to scheming to use his power as governor to fill Senate vacancies to trade or sell President Barack Obama's seat in exchange for benefits for himself.


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