Prosecutors won’t retry Blagojevich on 5 tossed counts


CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors say they won’t retry former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich on the five counts tossed by a federal appeals court and have requested a resentencing date.

Federal prosecutors made the filing on Wednesday, two days after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Blagojevich’s appeal of his remaining corruption convictions. Those convictions included his attempt to sell an appointment to the vacant Senate seat once occupied by President Barack Obama.

The high court was one of the 59-year-old Democrat’s last hopes to reduce his 14-year prison sentence.

A federal appeals court in July vacated Blagojevich’s convictions on five counts and told prosecutors to retry or resentence him.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that they wouldn’t retry him and asked for a resentencing date.