By late morning Monday, three of the eight people questioned had been excused by the judge — including a woman who told the federal judge that she couldn't be fair if asked to be a juror at Burge's trial.
Burge has pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice and perjury. He's accused of lying when he denied in a civil lawsuit that he and his officers tortured suspects in the 1970s and 80s. He faces a maximum of 45 years in prison if convicted of all charges.
Burge's trial in front of U.S. District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow is expected to last six weeks.