Source: Three charges to be dropped before Blagojevich re-trial
February 24th, 2011
04:19 PM ET

Source: Three charges to be dropped before Blagojevich re-trial

A federal judge is set to formally approve three criminal counts being dropped from the corruption case of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a judicial source in Chicago tells CNN.

The racketeering, racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud charges were part of a broader indictment against Blagojevich, who faces re-trial in April.

The former governor still faces trial on 17 public corruption-related charges. He is accused of, among other things, trying to gain financially and politically as he weighed who to name U.S. senator when Barack Obama was elected president.

The first trial ended in August, when jurors convicted Blagojevich of lying to federal agents on one of 24 counts brought against him by the federal government. They deadlocked on all the other counts, and federal authorities soon thereafter signaled their intent to request a new trial.

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  1. banasy

    This guys needs to be put away! He's guiltier than sin! Has anyone heard his phone tapes? Just listen to them, and be convinced! The only reason that those charges were dropped were to streamline jury instructions, as to not confuse them...but hey, good luck fining a jury pool that's not tainted.

    February 24, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. A country boy will survive

    A jury of his peers so does that mean the whole jury are going to be criminals as well?

    February 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. banasy

    I'm thinking that's how he got deadlocked the first time!

    February 24, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. RockyBalboa

    Blago: I must break you!
    Rocky: Blagoooo!!!!!
    Jamaican: No mon him get dreadlocked da ferst time.

    February 24, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. banasy

    Lol!

    February 24, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    February 24, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. raven

    I thought the same thing banasy ,after the phone calls who WOULDNT find him guilty? On a different note,how does this guy even SEE ??his eyes are so close together he may as well be a cyclops!

    February 24, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    February 25, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. NavalEngineer

    Now I know why those WI state senators chose Illinois to hide in. They feel right at home in the land of Blago.

    February 25, 2011 at 4:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Luke

    A cyclops. Now that is funny. Lmao

    February 25, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse | Reply

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