IT HAD BECOME the defense team's mantra: The Philly Mafia doesn't whack people anymore.No murders in nearly a decade. Reputed mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi and his associates were being prosecuted for "racketeering-lite." Sure, maybe they owned some video-poker machines and loaned cash at high interest rates - but, hey, so does SugarHouse Casino and Capital One.
But on Wednesday - the same day federal prosecutors rested their case against Ligambi and his top lieutenants - a body dropped in South Philly in what could be the city's first mob hit since 2003.
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