The judge presiding over former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption case said Monday that the names of the jurors will be kept secret from the public to prevent anyone from contacting them to discuss the trial.
U.S. District Judge James B. 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. Zagel said the jurors at Blagojevich's trial would be referred to in the courtroom by number.
Meanwhile, lawyers for Blagojevich said they have decided to go to the U.S. Supreme Court in their effort to delay his corruption trial, which is slated to begin June 3.