Joe Francis

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Joe Francis doesn’t have to worry about a little old tax-dodging trial to get in the way of his Celebrity Apprentice-ship.

A federal judge today ruled that the Girls Gone Wild mastermind will be allowed to curry Donald Trump's favor on the upcoming season of the NBC reality show.

“The show will require travel, but as long as he reports in to his pretrial services, he will be allowed to do it,” U.S. Attorney spokesman Tom Mrozek tells E! News.

Francis' attorneys were in court in Los Angeles this morning for a hearing on a motion to delay his trial until 2010. Francis is charged with two counts of income tax evasion.

U.S. District Judge S. James Otereo has taken Francis' request for delay under submission and will issue a ruling within the week, says Mzorek.

“His trial is set for next month but will be delayed,” Mzorek says. “We don’t know how far it will be delayed. The judge will issue at some point in the future.”

A rep for Francis has not responded to E! request for comment.

NBC has yet to announce the cast for the second go-round of Celebrity Apprentice, which is slated to air in midseason.

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