Prosecutors worry that an appearance by Rod Blagojevich on "Celebrity Apprentice" will taint the jury pool
There is much more here than a game show. There is a confessional element where people say things about themselves and about other people.”— Judge James Zagel
Prosecutors are worried that a planned television appearance by Rod R. Blagojevich, the indicted former governor of Illinois, may prejudice the potential pool of jurors for his trial on corruption charges scheduled for June.
Although Mr. Blagojevich has appeared on many television talk shows and recently published his memoir, his plan to appear with Donald Trump on the NBC reality show “The Celebrity Apprentice” sent prosecutors to court on Monday, to seek limits on what Mr. Blagojevich might say on the show.
This is the first time I've heard (prosecutors) ask to shut a defendant up.”— Sam Adams Jr., Rod Blagojevich's Attorney
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will be going on Donald Trump's television show, "Celebrity Apprentice," though a federal judge has asked his lawyers and prosecutors to meet about the potential impact the show could have on Blagojevich's federal trial.
Prosecutors did not seek to block Blagojevich's appearance, but asked U.S. District Judge James Zagel to address it today in court. Prosecutors and the defense team have had a preliminary meeting at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse to hammer out a basic agreement about what Blagojevich may or may not say about the case on the show.
Zagel said he only wants to hear from the sides again on the issue in the future if the understanding is violated. The show is now taping in New York.