Closing Arguments Expected Monday in Philly Mob Trial

Veteran mob lawyer Edwin Jacobs is set to give closing arguments Monday on behalf of accused Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi.

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    Alejandro A. Alvarez

    Veteran mob lawyer Edwin Jacobs is set to give closing arguments Monday on behalf of accused Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi.

    The 73-year-old Ligambi and six underlings are on trial for racketeering. The three-month federal trial mostly involves sports betting, loansharking and illegal video poker machines.
     
    Testimony suggests the Philadelphia-South Jersey mob is a shadow of its former self, and there are no murders or shootings in the case. But the government clearly wants to keep a lid on suspected mob activity amid former boss Joseph "Joey" Merlino's release from prison last year.
     
    Jacobs says the government is overstating its case after a 10-year FBI investigation. Defense lawyers suggest the mob today is broke and powerless.
     
    The anonymous jury is expected to begin deliberations Tuesday.