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Hernandez judge: No to CNN request on public juror questions

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FALL RIVER, MA (AP) -

The final set of prospective jurors in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is expected in court.

Tuesday marks the end of the first phase of jury selection for Hernandez, who has pleaded not guilty to killing semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd in 2013.

Jurors will complete written questionnaires. Later this week, lawyers will go through the questionnaires to try to whittle down the pool of more than 1,000 people.

Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh will then individually question remaining jurors to help select 18 people to serve on the jury.

Cameras are not allowed in the courthouse during jury selection. Security also is enforcing a ban on sports logos in the courthouse.

Opening statements are not expected to start until next week.

Garsh has turned down a request from CNN that the questioning of prospective jurors be done in a way that the public can hear. 

Garsh responded Monday to a letter sent by CNN last week. The letter expressed concerns that the plan to question prospective jurors out of the public's hearing violates the First Amendment.

Garsh says Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court found it was constitutional to question them out of the public's hearing, as long as the public could see the proceeding. 

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