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Kilpatrick questionnaire poses interesting questions to jurors

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Questions about race, online habits, minority-owned businesses, TV bias and much more were all part of a 25-page, 122-question document that will go a long way in determining the jury in the federal corruption case of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Around 400 potential jurors spent Wednesday filling out the questionnaire.

Some of the more curious questions include:

- Do you believe that minority owned businesses do not get enough opportunity to compete for private or public sector jobs?

- Do you or your spouse or partner have bumper stickers on your car?

- Do you enjoy playing "devil's advocate" or presenting opposing positions when arguing or debating?

- The government's evidence in this case includes court approved wiretaps of phone conversations between parties unaware of the recordings, as well as hidden devices placed on persons cooperating with the government in order to secretly record conversations with others. What is your opinion of the use of these techniques?

- Do you believe that the prosecution of elected officials tends to be politically motivated?

- Do you think minorities are generally treated unfairly by the government?

- Do you think African-American defendants are less likely to be offered a plea deal than white defendants?

- Are there any racial or ethnic groups you do not feel comfortable being around?

- What do you think of the current state of racial relations in the United States?

- Do you regularly send text messages, IM's or Tweets to people?

- Do you believe the news media has been unfair in covering African-American public officials?

Click here to review the full questionnaire.

After attorneys review the answers, the jury pool should be trimmed to 80 by Sept. 6 when candidates are interviewed in court. From there, 18 people will serve as the jury and alternates for what is expected to be a four-month trial.

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