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Feds Drop Charges Against Blago’s Brother Robert

ChicagoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

At least one of the Blago brothers is off the hook.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that federal prosecutors announced Thursday in court that they were dropping the corruption charges against brother Robert Blagojevich. The jury had been deadlocked on all four counts against him and the judge had declared a mistrial, leaving open the possibility of prosecutors going after him in a second trial.

The Sun-Times reported that prosecutors said they made the decision  in the interest of justice and the “disparity in roles’’ between the brothers..

“It’s stunning,’’ Robert Blagojevich said in a phone interview with the Sun-Times minutes after his attorney text messaged him saying that he was a free man.

“The government did the right thing,’’ Robert said, according to the Sun-Times. “They did the right thing.’’

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