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Judge Refuses to Allow Blagojevich to Join Reality Show in Costa Rica

CHICAGO -- Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will have to take a pass on reality TV. 

U.S. District Judge James Zagel on Tuesday refused to modify Blagojevich's bond, so the Democrat won't be able to travel to Costa Rica to appear on the show. 

Zagel says Blagojevich needs to remain in the United States to help his attorneys formulate a strategy for his defense. 

Blagojevich appeared in Zagel's court today. He arrived at the downtown Chicago courthouse just minutes before his hearing and was swamped by media, just like a week ago when he pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges. 

Blagojevich is charged with scheming to sell or trade President Obama's old U.S. Senate seat and plotting to use the governor's office to pressure companies for campaign contributions.