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Bye-bye jury?

Simpson judge says no

The request was enough to make Judge Lance Ito wince. Marcia Clark, a prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial, wanted to dismiss the entire 300-member jury pool.

Clark's reasoning: Prospective jurors, if they weren't tainted last week _ when she and other attorneys candidly questioned their trustworthiness _ certainly are tainted now. Transcripts of that closed-door talk, featuring Clark's comment that "many, if not most" are lying in hopes of a jury spot, were made public last week.

Ito dismissed Monday's request. But he agreed to consider her follow-up request: Sequester the lot of them, once the jury is seated.

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