Prosecutors preparing for the corruption retrial of impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich dropped three of the charges against him Thursday in an attempt to make the case easier for jurors to understand.

Eliminating two racketeering charges and a wire fraud count brings the number of counts Blagojevich will face from 23 to 20 when he is retried in April. Jurors at the first trial complained the case was too complicated, and prosecutors made a bid this week to U.S. District Judge James Zagel to drop some of the counts, saying they duplicated some accusations.