Florida-based Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino had at least one meeting with mob informant Nicholas "Nicky Skins" Stefanelli while Stefanelli was wearing a body wire for the FBI, federal authorities confirmed last week.
But prosecutors say the conversation, recorded in Florida sometime in 2011, has nothing to do with the mob racketeering case pending in U.S. District Court against several top Merlino associates, including alleged "acting Philadelphia mob boss" Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi.
Ligambi's defense attorney, Edwin Jacobs Jr., has said he would like to make that determination himself. He has asked U.S. District Court Judge Eduardo Robreno to order the prosecution to turn the tape over to the defense before the start of the trial.
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Note: The top photo shows Merlino on the left and Ligambi on the right.