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on August 31, 2009

Potential jurors for Illinois River lawsuit to answer questionnaire

Poultry companies argue jurors should not have a personal stake in the issue.

Poultry companies named in the Illinois River watershed pollution case have prepared a list of 66 questions for potential jurors, including whether they eat organic food or know who Attorney General Drew Edmondson is, according to new reports.

Oklahoma will get a jury trial, to begin in September, based on a ruling from U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell.

The 12 poultry companies being sued by the state, including Tyson, wanted a bench trial.

Court documents show the poultry companies and the state agreed upon allowing a questionnaire when screening for jurors, in the case of a jury trial.

The questions also include where the potential jurors work and their level of education.

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