Jul 292010
 July 29, 2010  Posted by  Court

Joe Celentino reports:

The names of jurors in former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial will not be released to the public until the trial’s end, a federal judge in Chicago ruled Monday.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel said he was concerned that revealing jurors’ names would compromise juror impartiality and would expose them to media harassment.

He warned of the “potential transformation of ‘jurors’ personal lives into public news’ which, may ‘unnecessarily interfere with the jurors’ ability or willingness to perform their sworn duties.'”

Read more on Courthouse News. The judge’s opinion is here.

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