Cowdery given travel permission

Former State Sen. John Cowdery will get his passport back and be allowed to travel to Minnesota to get medical treatment at the Mayo Clinic, according to a judge's order filed Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline temporarily relieved Cowdery of his home confinement to leave this week for eight days in Minnesota. Cowdery didn't ask for permission to leave the country.

Cowdery, 79, pleaded guilty in December to conspiring with oil-field company chief Bill Allen to bribe another legislator and is serving three years probation, including six months in home confinement. Cowdery sought mercy because of ill health and Beistline agreed not to send him to prison.

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