Tuesday, April 21, 2009
The Blago Reality Show Coming Soon !
Blago's in court again -- will judge allow Costa Rica reality show?
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.
I can't wait to see what the judge decides does NBC think anyone would want to watch blago and his hair go on an adventure in Costa Rica