June 3, 2009
Posted: 03:09 PM ET
Tonight on Larry King Live former Democratic Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich. He's been impeached, ousted from office, and now faces trial on federal corruption charges.
Now his wife, Patti, is in Costa Rica on NBC's 'I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here.' NBC wanted Rod to do the show but a judge barred him from leaving the United States.
Legal analysts note that anything Patti says on the show could potentially be used against them in court. Is it too big of a risk?
By James Janega |Tribune staff reporter
The day after former Illinois First Lady Patti Blagojevich ate a dead tarantula on network television to benefit herself and a charity, the selected charity said today it had declined the offered money. Another charity took its place, said NBC.
The former first lady said last Thursday she would be on "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here" for some undisclosed compensation, as well as to raise money for Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Not so, the foundation said, rejecting the offer last week on principle.
Among the things federal prosecutors allege about former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is that in his last weeks as governor he tried to extort a campaign donation from the charity's partner hospital, Children's Memorial Hospital, in exchange for releasing reimbursement funds to them. A federal judge prohibited the ex-governor from competing on the show, which is filmed in Costa Rica. His wife went on instead.
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