A federal jury in Philadelphia is going to hear from attorneys for five reputed mobsters charged in a wide-ranging racketeering case.
Friday will mark the second day of closing arguments in the trial of seven defendants including reputed acting mob boss Joseph “Uncle Joe” Ligambi. The jury is expected to start deliberations Tuesday.
The trial started in mid-October and revolves around allegations of illegal gambling, extortion and loansharking.
U.S. Attorney John Han on Thursday spent 3-1/2 hours painstakingly outlining the government's case against the defendants. He says the mobsters ran their criminal enterprise like a corporation and used threats and violence to build the business.
Defense attorney Joseph Santaguida countered that the government's long and expensive investigation didn't turn up a shred of credible evidence against any of the defendants.