The jurors remain deadlocked on the remaining three counts in the case against Ligambi which targeted the alleged gambling and loansharking operations of the Philly mob, and District Judge Eduardo Robreno declared a mistrial on them.
Last year a different jury was deadlocked on the same charges against Ligambi and Borgesi which resulted in a mistrial. However, the earlier case nevertheless was a significant victory for the government which resulted in convictions against Joseph Massimino, Anthony Staino, Damion Canalichio and Gary Battaglini who allegedly served as underboss, capo, soldier and associate, respectively.
Federal prosecutors have not yet announced whether they will seek another trial against Uncle Joe; perhaps third time's the charm.
A federal jury has reached a partial verdict in the racketeering trial which targeted the alleged gambling and loansharking operations of reputed Philadelphia Mafia boss Joseph Ligambi and his nephew George Borgesi as reported by Jeremy Roebuck for the Inquirer: "in a note sent to the judge just before 10:30 a.m., the jurors said that they had found unanimity on two of the five counts against the mob figures, but there remained 'a firm difference of opinion on the other three.'" District Judge Eduardo Robreno instructed the jurors to continue their deliberations after telling them "this was a long trial and there were some complex issues" but "often with further discussions, jurors are able to work out their differences." The jurors did not indicate on which two counts they had reached a decision.
The final defense witness in the racketeering trial against reputed Philadelphia Mafia boss Joseph Ligambi and his nephew George Borgesi "didn't do his former [alleged] mob colleagues many favors" as reported by Jeremy Roebuck for the Inquirer.
Francis "Frankie the Fixer" DiGiacomo corroborated the earlier testimomy from government witness Louis "Bent Finger" Monacello that the pair collected debts on behalf of the two defendants: "'we were doing it for George, and had to take all orders from Joe,' he said."
At the racketeering trial against Joseph Ligambi federal prosecutors introduced as evidence a photograph from a wedding which they argue "shows the purported Mafia don alongside his network of loan sharks, bookmakers, and mob enforcers" although "Ligambi's defense maintains that the government has mistaken a simple family gathering for the wedding scene in The Godfather" as reported by Jeremy Roebuck for the Inquirer.
In any case, the man who shot the photo testified that Ligambi did not want him to hand it over to the G-men.
At the racketeering trial earlier this year against Bartolomeo Vernace federal prosecutors introduced a series of FBI surveillance photos purportedly showing the reputed Gambino capo meeting with other supposed wiseguys at a succession of funerals over two decades as reported by Mitchel Maddux for the New York Post:
Attending funerals to remember loved ones or friends allows mobsters to argue that they're just participating in community events that are integral to daily life. But the feds counter that these gatherings give wiseguys "cover," because meeting in an abandoned warehouse or on a decaying waterfront pier would help the feds accuse them of racketeering.
The mob is infamous for holding sinister meetings in seemingly innocent places.
For example, when Greg DePalma's son Craig fell into a coma after a botched suicide the Gambino capo placed him in a nursing home, and exploited the tragedy by using his son's room as a place to hold court on the assumption that it wouldn't be bugged.
Philadelphia cops have charged reputed mobster Ronald Galati with murder solicitation although details are scarce as reported by William Bender for the Daily News: "'we were involved in his arrest. Beyond that, we have no comment,' said Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for District Attorney Seth Williams."
Federal prosecutors are in the middle of a racketeering trial against reputed boss Joe Ligambi and his nephew George Borgesi for their alleged roles in the gambling and loansharking operations of the Philadelphia Mafia.
Reputed Patriarca capo Frank "Bobo" Marrapese Jr. was sentenced to nine years for heading a gambling crew as reported by W. Zachary Malinowski for the Providence Journal: "Marrapese, 70, who was on parole for murder at the time of his arrest in May 2011, exhibited no emotion as he stood before Superior Court Judge William E. Carnes Jr. for sentencing."
In his opening argument Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Labor said the evidence will show that the pair "oversaw the Philadelphia chapter of La Cosa Nostra, a violent group with
profitable revenue streams from illegal gambling, loan-sharking, and
bookmaking," and "in order to prove a racketeering conspiracy he needed to show only that
Ligambi and Borgesi were aware of and profited from the Philadelphia
mob's crimes, not that they committed them themselves."
Nothwithstanding the deadlocked results against Ligambi and Borgesi the earlier trial was a significant victory for the government which resulted in convictions against Joseph Massimino, Anthony Staino, Damion Canalichio and
Gary Battaglini who allegedly served as underboss, capo, soldier and