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Blago Asks to Leave the Country

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    Rod Blagojevich wants to go to England.

    The former governor's lawyers have filed a motion with Judge James Zagel, asking that Blagojevich be given permission to travel to Great Britain as early as next week to speak before the Oxford Union.

    "The Oxford Union is a debating and speaking society in Oxford, England," the motion notes. "The Oxford Union has been in existence since 1823."

    In their filing, the attorneys say Blagojevich has been invited to speak to the organization during its present term, which concludes March 12, and that he could speak at any time between the 9th and the 12th, depending on when he would be given permission to travel. The motion states that he would return on the 13th or 14th of this month.

    Blagojevich's second trial is scheduled to begin in late April. Prior to his first trial, he requested permission to travel to Costa Rica to appear on the reality show, "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here." 

    That request was denied.