Tuesday, April 21, 2009
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
(April 21) -- A Boston University medical student charged in the hotel slaying of a masseuse and the robbery of a another preyed on women he found through Craigslist and investigators are looking for other possible victims, authorities said.
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Philip Markoff, a 22-year-old Boston University medical student, was arrested Monday night in the April 14 killing of a woman who advertised massage services on Craigslist. "He's a predator," said the Suffolk County district attorney. Here, security camera footage shows a "person of interest" at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston, where Julissa Brisman was found dead.
Philip Markoff, 22, was due in court in Boston on Tuesday in connection with the shooting death of a New York woman at a luxury hotel in Boston April 14 and the kidnapping and armed robbery April 10 of a woman who was tied up at another hotel.
"There may be other victims out there, and if you are, we want you to come forward," Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said. "Our top priority is holding Philip Markoff accountable. He's a predator."
Conley said evidence from computer forensic experts and "old-fashioned shoe leather" linked Markoff to the two crimes. The man police say is Markoff was seen on video surveillance using a hand-held texting device at several of the hotels.
But Markoff's fiancee says police have the wrong man and there is no way he could have done it.
In an e-mail to ABC's "Good Morning America, Megan McAllister said Philip Markoff "could not hurt a fly." She called him "a beautiful person inside and out," according to the message read on the air Tuesday.
This site was just taking some heat about their personal ads. They said most of the ads were for prostitution .A radio announcer was just murdered by a kid who answered his ad for sex and another man was charged with another killing of a woman he found on a craigslist ad. I know they are trying to stop craigslist from letting personal ads appear on the site some one has filed a lawsuit but its too late in this case .