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.