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Blago's in court again -- will judge allow Costa Rica reality show?

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The ex-governor himself is expected to be in the courtroom this morning to try to get U.S. District Judge James Zagel's permission to travel to Costa Rica.
In a twist, the Sun-Times has learned that Blagojevich's lawyers are expected to offer to sign an extradition waiver to allay any concerns of allowing a defendant to travel out of the country while on bond. Blagojevich's lawyer, Sheldon Sorosky, said he will likely offer up the extradition waiver if it will bolster Blagojevich's chances of going.
Ultimately, it will be up to Zagel to decide whether television viewers will get to see Illinois' former chief executive tough it out in the jungles of Costa Rica.
Representatives and an attorney from the "Survivor"-style reality show "I'm a celebrity, get me out of here" might also attend the hearing. Pending court approval, Blagojevich has signed on to do the prime-time NBC program that pays contestants up to $80,000 an episode. Filming starts in June, so Blagojevich's contract finalization is looming.
While prosecutors are expected to oppose the move, the defense is expected to portray it as a job opportunity. Blago has been out of work since he was booted out of office in January.
Because Blagojevich isn't deemed a flight risk or a threat to society, there's no outright legal barrier from doing the show. It will be up to Zagel's discretion.

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I have to say I love seeing Rod make a fool of himself and if the judge let's him go they should make sure NBC sends his paycheck to his lawyer for safe keeping.

This seems like a reward for him. He should not be allowed to travel outside the US......Do they really trust he to come back? How typical of this Country to reward people or behaving badly....Its not right. If he needs to work, McDonalds and White Castle are hiring.....Let him sling burgers......

Blago wants to be declared nuts and is doing a good job advocating same. The sooner this clown is incarcerated, the better. I voted for Judy Topinka!

I don't think he should be allowed to go. I think he would be a flight risk. He has ALREADY lied to the citizens of Illinois on multiple fronts ! To me the wiretaps erase the word "Alleged" from the equation and find him to be the most untrust worthy person I've EVER come across. He knows drama and running away will create more drama. This is NOT a job opportunity, this is to FEED his EGO ! ! !

When all of this is done and he wants to do this then let him, but NOT right now ! ! !

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