St. Louis Public Radio News
5:36 am
Tue April 21, 2009

Judge turns down Blagojevich request for reality show

Chicago, IL – Rod Blagojevich can't go to Costa Rica to star in
a reality TV show.

That's the decision today from U.S. District Judge James Zagel,
who refused to modify the terms of the ousted governor's bond to
allow the trip.
Zagel says a trip to the Costa Rican jungle would interfere with
Blagojevich's defense against racketeering and fraud charges. The
judge says Blagojevich needs to stay in Chicago to help his lawyers
formulate their strategy.

Zagel today held off ruling on whether Blagojevich may tap his
$2 million campaign fund to pay his lawyers but indicated he may be
leaning toward giving approval. He set a May 1 hearing on the

After today's hearing, Blagojevich said he's looking forward to
clearing his name and plans to take a very active role in his