A federal jury in Philadelphia, PA has acquitted reputed mob boss Joe Ligambi of witness tampering and his nephew George Borgesi of racketeering conspiracy as reported by Jeremy Roebuck for the Inquirer.
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.
Borgesi faced only the one count, and upon his acquittal Judge Robreno ordered him set free as reported by Tony Hanson for CBS.
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.
01/29/14 UPDATE: The feds will not bring a third trial against Joe Ligambi, and the reputed mob boss is now a free man as reported by The Associated Press.