Reputed Mob Boss Trial to Begin

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

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.

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