Saturday, February 2, 2013

Ground Hog's Day At The Philadelphia Mob Trial

Veteran organized crime reporter George Anastasia is covering the federal organized crime trial in Philadelphia for

Larry O'Connor, the lawyer for co-defendant Gary Battaglini, said it best.

"It's Ground Hog's Day," the lawyer quipped as the jury in the mob racketeering case was completing its 18th day of deliberations without a verdict. "The jury saw it's shadow, so I guess that means six more weeks of deliberations."

Edwin Jacobs Jr., the attorney for lead defendant, mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi, picked up on the theme a few minutes later.

"Every morning I wake up and the same song is playing on the radio," said Jacobs, "then I come here and we do the same thing all over again."

The movie Ground Hog's Day starring Bill Murray that Jacobs was channeling finally ended.

The assumption is that eventually deliberations will end as well. But as the panel moved into Super Bowl Sunday, nobody was betting when.
"I heard it's one the prop (proposition) bets in Vegas," joked one of the two dozen friends and family members who crowded the 15th floor of the otherwise empty federal courthouse this afternoon to moniitor the jury's progress during an extraordinary Saturday session. "Will the jury reach a verdict in the case before kickoff?"
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