Judge begins jury questioning in Blagojevich trial

In this Jan. 29, 2009 photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waves to his supporters after talking to the media outside of his Chicago home. Blagojevich was thrown out of office Thursday without a single lawmaker rising in his defense, ending a nearly two-month crisis that erupted with his arrest on charges he tried to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. His trial begins June 3, 2010 at federal court in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

June 3, 2010 10:56:23 AM PDT
The judge in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has begun questioning potential jurors for the case.

Among the first questions Judge James Zagel asked them Thursday were whether they had read much about the case and whether they could set aside any preconceived notions about Blagojevich.

The former governor is accused of scheming to profit from his power to fill President Barack Obama's former Senate seat. He denies any wrongdoing.

One potential juror said she had seen the former governor's wife, Patti Blagojevich, on a reality TV show eating a bug.

Jurors were referred to in the courtroom by numbers only. Zagel plans to keep the jury anonymous until after the trial and denied a request by news organizations to reverse that.