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Blagojevich's "Celebrity Apprentice" bid may be decided today

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Will a federal judge let Rod Blagojevich appear on Donald Trump's "Celebrity Appearance?"
Lawyers for Rod Blagojevich will be in court today to argue that the former governor shouldn't be barred from Donald Trump's reality show.
Prosecutors are expected to challenge the former governor's appearance on the series, which is being filmed now but won't be aired until March.
U.S. District Judge James Zagel barred Blagojevich from appearing on the Costa Rican set of "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here," earlier this year.
"I don't think this defendant in all honesty ... fully understands the position he finds himself in," Zagel said at the time.
Zagel held that authority because he would have had to grant the ex-governor special permission to travel outside the country. (Former First Lady of Illinois, Patti Blagojevich, went in her husband's stead.)
It's unclear what legal blockade could be used to bar Blagojevich. He's free to travel throughout the United States and his lawyers will likely argue he needs to work. He was ousted from his post as governor in January. He will be a paid contestant on the show, sources have told the Sun-Times.
Prosecutors will likely argue that the March airing could taint the potential jury pool for Blagojevich's June trial, sources said.

The former governor, who has been in New York for the taping, is not expected to be in Chicago's federal courthouse today.

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The man has a gift....let him be. Trump knows what he's doing....this will be his highest rated show!

I Love Rod!

HEY IT'S KEVIN TIBBLES....and Rod what's his name?

I hope he gets on...this will give NBC more ratings!!! Rod is a riot...love him! I would tell him to loosen up a little bit...people love him, eventhough it might not seem so.

Good Luck Rod!

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