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Fed Judge Won’t Block Ex-Gov Blago From Appearing on NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice

Every aspect of  ex-Gov. Blago’s life seems to have become a reality tv show. You can’t shut this guy up with the flick of the tv clicker. The prosecutor in his upcoming case would like to. But that’s not going to happen. The prosecutor fears Blago might taint the jury pool by making comments on the show, which is expected to air during jury selection before his June 3 trial. In any event, you’ve got to admit, Blago is good entertainment and he’s not likely to disappoint on this show.

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BY NATASHA KORECKI
Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO –Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s gift of gab got him elected.

And it got him indicted.

Now, a federal judge fears Blagojevich’s babbling on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” could gum up his upcoming trial.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel didn’t say he would block Blagojevich from continuing the reality show taping that’s now under way in New York.

Zagel did say he’s worried Blagojevich could trample over the case in a way that could bring problems in his trial, which begins in June.

“It is possible that an indicted person may say something that creates problems later on,” Zagel said.

Zagel said he’s seen two episodes of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice.”

“There are significant confessional elements in that show,” Zagel said. No one from Blagojevich’s case could control what ended up in the final cut of the program, he said.

His remarks came at a court status requested by prosecutors to discuss the series. Assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Schar said Blagojevich has misstated evidence on previous TV appearances and feared that he would do it when the show airs next spring — when the first stages of jury selection begin.

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