Rod Blagojevich appears in court to ask permission to travel to Costa Rica for 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.

Reality television shows that offer mindless entertainment are one thing. Giving television contracts to people who are most notorious for their crimes is quite another. You've likely heard that NBC has recruited former Governor Rod Blagojevich for an upcoming reality series called I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here.