- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

CHICAGO (AP) - Indicted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has lost his bid to travel outside the country to appear on reality TV.

U.S. District Judge James Zagel on Tuesday refused to modify the terms of Blagojevich’s bail _ so the ousted Democrat governor won’t be able to go to Costa Rica to appear on a planned reality show.

The judge said Blagojevich needs to remain in the United States to help his attorneys formulate a strategy for his defense.

Blagojevich arrived at the federal courthouse in downtown Chicago just minutes before his hearing Tuesday and was swamped by the media. He said he wouldn’t have anything to say until after the hearing.

A week ago, Blagojevich pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges.

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