Published January 03, 2013
PHILADELPHIA – Closing arguments are under way in the racketeering trial of Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi, who is accused of being a Philadelphia mob boss, and six others.
After two months of testimony, attorneys are scheduled to deliver final remarks to the federal jury over three days. Judge Eduardo Robreno says jurors are expected to get the case Monday.
U.S. Attorney John Han says testimony from former mobsters and recorded conversations prove the defendants were affiliated with La Cosa Nostra. Han says they're responsible for a "smorgasbord of crimes" that preyed upon the weak and vulnerable.
The investigation stretches back to about 1999, when former boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino went to prison. Prosecutors say the 73-year-old Ligambi has led Philadelphia's La Cosa Nostra since then.
Defense attorneys say their clients are innocent.