Federal Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Rod Blagojevich's Brother, Robert Blagojevich

Federal prosecutors announced in court Thursday that they were dropping the case against Robert Blagojevich, the brother of the former governor.

Prosecutors said the decision was made in the interest of justice and the “disparity in roles’’ between the brothers in the sweeping corruption case, which largely targeted Rod Blagojevich.

The news took Robert Blagojevich and his attorney by surprise, who weren’t told in advance of Thursday morning’s hearing.

Prosecutors are dropping the charges against Robert Blagojevich, the brother of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

In dropping the charges, prosecutors cited the quote, "disparity in the roles of the defendants." Robert joined his brother's fundraising efforts just a few months before the governor's arrest.

In interviews after the verdict, jurors said many of them wanted to let the governor's older brother go. Dropping the charges against Robert streamlines the government's case which jurors said was too complicated.