Philly mob jury has partial verdict, goes home
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A jury hearing the retrial of reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph “Uncle Joe” Ligambi has a partial verdict but won’t finish before the long weekend.
The 74-year-old Ligambi is on trial with his nephew, 50-year-old George Borgesi, in a gambling and loansharking case.
Jurors said they had resolved two counts Friday morning, but were deadlocked on three others. They were told to keep working.
But the panel broke early Friday afternoon when one juror became ill. The jury has been deliberating for more than a week.
The trial testimony paints Ligambi as the head of a fading La Cosa Nostra crime family.
But defense lawyers call the case a government “witch hunt.”
Ligambi’s reputed underboss and enforcer are in prison after convictions in the first trial last year.