Prosecutors Drop Three Blago Charges

Prosecutors have cut a deal, and it’s golden for Rod Blagojevich. The former Illinois governor, who’s charged with trying to sell an appointment to the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama to the highest bidder, will face 20 counts instead of 23 when his case goes to trial in April. Defense attorneys have agreed to prosecutors’ request to drop two racketeering charges and one charge of wire fraud, which is intended to simplify the case against the impeached pol. In an earlier trial, a jury convicted Blagojevich of lying to the FBI, one of the 24 charges against him, but was hung on the other 23.