WBEZ | Oxford http://www.wbez.org/tags/oxford Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Blagojevich not leaving the country http://www.wbez.org/story/news/criminal-justice/blagojevich-not-leaving-country <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/AP070418059617 Seth Perlman.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Rod Blagojevich won't be going to England. His attorneys withdrew a request Tuesday to grant the former Illinois governor permission to leave the country.</p><p>Blagojevich's attorneys were scheduled to appear in front of federal Judge James Zagel to argue that the former governor should be allowed to leave the country. Attorneys filed a motion saying Blagojevich had been asked to speak to the Oxford Union a debate group located in Oxford, England. But his attorneys withdrew the request this morning.</p><p>An attorney for Blagojevich said the trip would have been too hard to put together in a short time frame even if the judge had approved the trip.</p><p>Before Blagojevich's first trial, he tried to go to Costa Rica to appear on a reality TV show, but the judge denied that request. Blagojevich's wife, Patti, was a contestant on the show, instead.</p><p>Blagojevich's re-trial is scheduled to begin April 20.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 08 Mar 2011 17:27:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/criminal-justice/blagojevich-not-leaving-country