Moving Pictures
Apr 21, 2009, 12:39PM

A small victory

Disgraced governor Rod Blagojevich was denied permission by a federal judge to go to Costa Rica to take part in a new CBS reality TV series, "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!"

Blagojevich had sought permission to appear on NBC's "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!" — a program similar to "Survivor." Contestants will be plopped down in the Costa Rican jungle to perform sweaty physical tasks and scheme to avoid elimination.Blagojevich attorney Sheldon Sorosky told Zagel the TV program would pay for security to make sure the former governor didn't flee if he were allowed to go to Costa Rica. But Assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Schar said there was no way to predict whether Blagojevich would stay in Costa Rica or try to flee. Schar said Blagojevich may be facing 25 to 30 years behind bars if convicted, a strong incentive to run.The TV show proposal was just the latest spotlight-seeking move from Blagojevich. Since his arrest, he has announced a deal to write a book, hosted a Chicago radio talk show and made the New York talk show circuit, chatting it up with everyone from David Letterman to the women of "The View."Zagel held off ruling on whether Blagojevich may tap his $2 million campaign fund to pay lawyers but indicated he may be leaning toward giving approval. Zagel scheduled a May 1 hearing on the issue.


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