Paul Elias of the AP reports that media companies are urging U.S. District Judge Susan Illston to unseal completed questionnaires from potential jurors in Barry Bonds’ perjury trial. Two weeks ago, Illston ruled that the answers provided on the forms, which are intended to root out bias in selecting a jury, should be off limits to the public. Media company lawyers argue that the questionnaires should be considered part of the jury-selection process, which is required to be done in open court. No word on when the judge will rule on Thursday’s request by the various media companies, which include the AP, ESPN, Hearst, The New York Times, KGO-TV, KNTV, KNBC-TV, The Los Angeles Times, MediaNews Group and Sports Illustrated publisher Time Inc.

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