Reputed Mob Boss Trial to Begin

Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi and six others are accused of gambling, loansharking and extortion.

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    Alejandro A. Alvarez

    Opening statements are expected Thursday in the federal trial for seven defendants charged in a Philadelphia mob case.

    The indictment accuses Philadelphia's La Cosa Nostra of gambling, loansharking and extortion under acting boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi. Six co-defendants will also be on trial with Ligambi.

    Five others have pleaded guilty in the case and three more await a separate trial.