Many said they read or heard a partially clothed Carrillo had been arrested last summer outside a Santa Rosa woman's apartment in what police initially described as an attempted sexual assault.

But all said they could put aside information gleaned from newspapers or broadcast sources to render a fair verdict on Carrillo's guilt or innocence.

Opening statements are expected around 10:30 a.m.

Prosecutors are planning to call the woman, identified in court only as Jane Doe, as one of their first witnesses.

Also, jurors are expected to hear recordings of 911 calls she made to police on July 13 starting at about 3:40 a.m. In addition, they will hear recorded statements Carrillo made to police before and after his arrest.

Judge Gary Medvigy rejected defense arguments that some of the recordings should be barred because they were made before Carrillo received a Miranda warning against self-incrimination. Medvigy said the statements appeared to be voluntary and came as police were conducting their investigation.

Prosecutors from the state Attorney General's Office denied a request from The Press Democrat Monday to release copies of the arrest recordings.

Interim Santa Rosa police Chief Hank Schreeder has rejected repeated requests for copies of the 911 tapes.

Carrillo, 33, is expected to take the stand later in the two-day trial.

The 5th District supervisor watched from the defense table Monday as his lawyer talked to potential jurors. He didn't offer a comment as he left court.

Carrillo, once seen as a rising star in Democratic politics, faces up to six months in jail if convicted. He has pleaded not guilty.

By his own account, he had been drinking at a downtown Santa Rosa nightclub before he was driven home to his apartment on West Third Street around 2:30 a.m. by his girlfriend.

He saw a light on in the apartment of his neighbor, a woman he said he had met in passing several times. He grabbed two beers out of his refrigerator and walked over to offer her a drink, he said.

He knocked on a back porch door and then her front door, he said, but "bailed" after hearing a man's voice in addition to the woman's. Later, he told police it was a "mis-read."

Officers responding to the woman's 911 calls found Carrillo nearby, clad in just socks and underwear. He couldn't explain his state of undress.

Police arrested him on felony burglary and prowling charges, pointing to a torn bedroom window screen. They said the woman reported being awakened by the sound of moving window blinds.

However, prosecutors filed the reduced peeking charge after a lengthy investigation. They concluded there was nothing to support more serious allegations that, upon a conviction, would have led to his automatic removal from office.

Carrillo attempted to plea bargain the case but announced through his lawyer that he would go to trial instead after he could not reach a settlement.

His lawyer, Chris Andrian, said a trial would dispel any notion that Carrillo received special treatment because he is an elected official.

The trial is expected to conclude by the end of the week.