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Forms Blagojevich jurors filled out destroyed
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Published: 8/26/2010 8:20 AM

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A court clerk says the detailed questionnaires filled out by jurors at former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's trial can't be made public because they no longer exist.

The clerk for U.S. District Judge James Zagel says the forms were destroyed after the jury was picked for the trial.

That's the response the Chicago Tribune got as the newspaper was delivering a letter asking Zagel to make the questionnaires public. The forms typically ask a long list of questions about everything from what jurors read to any political bias they might have.

Michael Dobbins is clerk of the U.S. District Court in Chicago, and he said Wednesday that he didn't know that the Blagojevich jury questionnaires had been destroyed. He says there's no court-wide policy so each judge can decide how to handle those documents.