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Blagojevich lawyers in court Tuesday to request travel to England

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Rod Blagojevich's lawyers will be in federal court Tuesday to ask U.S. District Judge James Zagel whether the former governor can travel to England to speak at the venerable Oxford Union.

The former governor is not expected to be in the courtroom as he was back in 2009 when he asked Zagel to allow him to travel to Costa Rica to film a reality TV show.

Located on the Oxford University campus, the Union has drawn the likes of Mother Theresa, the Dalai Lama and Winston Churchill. Another speaker -- O.J. Simpson, after he was found not guilty of murder charges.

Zagel turned down Blagojevich's request back in 2009, saying he'd be better off sticking around and playing a role in his defense. In that instance, though, Blagojevich would have been out of the country potentially for several weeks. (His wife, Patti, went in his stead, and was runner's up in "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.")

This time Blagojevich is asking to be gone for just a couple of days. While Blagojevich has been free to travel within country, he must get judicial approval before leaving the United States.

Blagojevich's retrial, which includes charges that he attempted to sell President Obama's vacant Senate seat, is scheduled to begin April 20.

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Hey Rob, make sure that if you get permission to leave the country you enjoy yourself since you might not have an outing in a while. Have a pint of the best ale and right before your flight out of Aberdeen, Cardiff or London you light one up. I know I would if I were facing charges or consider staying there, permanently!

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