Blagojevich's Brother Gets Off

Feds drop charges against Robert
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2010 12:58 PM CDT
Robert Blagojevich, brother of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, speaks to the media at the Federal Court building, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010, in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

(Newser) – Prosecutors have dropped all charges against Robert Blagojevich, brother of Rod Blagojevich. An assistant US attorney said the feds were giving up on Robert, who had been charged with two counts of extortion conspiracy and one count of wire fraud and extortion, because of the “disparity in the roles” between the brothers in the ex-governor’s alleged schemes, according to the Chicago Tribune. He added that dropping the charges was “in the interest of justice.”

Blagojevich wasn’t in court for the unexpected announcement. He got the news later from his lawyer. “You’re done,” the lawyer told him. “They just did it. Done. You’re free.” The lawyer said Blagojevich would return home to Tennessee. “This may save his house.” He added that the trial had strained the relationship between the brothers. “Robert and Rod need to patch things up,” he said. “But Robert loves him.”

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