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Philly mob case expected to head to jury Tuesday

Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Joseph Ligambi

Pictured: Joseph Ligambi

A mob racketeering case is headed to the jury in Philadelphia after a three-month trial.

Closing arguments in the case against reputed La Cosa Nostra boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi and six others wrapped up Monday. The anonymous jury is expected to begin deliberations Tuesday.

Prosecutors accuse Ligambi of running a cash enterprise centered on loansharking, sports betting and illegal video poker machines.

But the defense says thousands of wiretaps offer no proof that Ligambi, nephew George Borgesi and five other co-defendants did anything more than make private loans and rent poker machines to bars and social clubs.

There are no murders or shootings alleged in the case, although prosecutors say the Ligambi group threatened violence to maintain control.

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