Monday, January 27, 2014
Government Moves To Drop Charges Against Reputed Philly Mob Boss
Veteran organized crime reporter George Anastasia is covering the federal organized crime trial in Philadelphia for Bigtrial.net.
Federal authorities have decided not to retry mob boss Joe Ligambi on conspiracy and gambling charges that two juries have soundly rejected.
In a motion filed this afternoon, the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania asked Judge Eduardo Robreno to dismiss the three remaining counts pending against the 74-year-old mob leader.
The move came two days after a jury voted to acquit Ligambi of a witness tampering charge and hung on the conspiracy count and two counts of illegal gambling.
"In this instance I agree with the exercise of judgment by the U.S. Attorney's Office," said Edwin Jacobs Jr., Ligambi's lawyer. "(Federal prosecutors) took their two best shots unsuccessfully."
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Note: Back in January, the former underboss of the Philadelphia-South Jersey La Cosa Nostra organized crime family, Philip Leonetti, predicted that Joseph Ligambi would beat the case, as Edwin Jacobs was his attorney.
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