Philadelphia-mobster-turned-government-witness Louis "Bent Finger Lou" Monacello dismissed the cross-examination by a defense lawyer as "nitpicking" at the racketeering trial against reputed boss Joseph Ligambi and his nephew George Borgesi as reported by the Inquirer:
"You're really nitpicking at nothing here," Monacello responded under cross-examination by Ligambi's lawyer, Edwin Jacobs Jr. "You're making mountains out of molehills." For much of the last decade, Monacello testified, he helped run Borgesi's rackets in Delaware County while the mob captain served out a prison term on unrelated charges. He also collected "Christmas taxes" for Ligambi, gathering cash each December from South Philadelphia bookmakers looking to operate without mob interference.
Earlier this year a federal jury deadlocked on racketeering charges against the pair while convicting on various charges Joseph Massimino, Anthony Staino, Damion Canalichio and Gary Battaglini who allegedly served as underboss, capo, soldier and associate, respectively, in the Philadelphia Mafia.