Did you hear about how former Governor Rod Blagojevich is hoping to appear as a contestant in the upcoming NBC reality show "I'm A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out Of Here" in Costa Rica? Of course, the federal court has to give him permission to participate because he's currently under federal indictment for 16 racketeering, fraud and extortion counts and leaving the country is not allowed.
Now, I know he's pled not guilty, but I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that he might actually have done some of this stuff and did try to sell President Barack Obama's Senate seat. No matter the ultimate verdict, this is going to be one long, drawn out, and expensive trial. Not to mention the cost of keeping him in prison, assuming he's found guilty.
I say to the court: Let him go. Seriously. Let Governor Blagojevich go to Costa Rica and live in the jungle.
Think about it for a minute. The man is broke. He's got no money. So Illinois taxpayers are not only going to foot the bill for the prosecution, but we'll also have to give him a public defender. But NBC is willing to pay him $80K a week. If he holds his own on the show, he could make a nice amount of money that could be used to pay some of his legal bills. If he gets lost in the jungle, that will save taxpayers A LOT of money. Blago gone. The State of Illinois saves a ton of money and resources. No matter what, it seems like a win-win to me.