- Associated Press - Monday, January 13, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia’s reputed mob boss may face a second mistrial as a jury again struggles with his racketeering case.

The jury says it’s at an impasse after a few days deliberating the case against Joseph “Uncle Joe” Ligambi and his nephew. But the judge told them to keep working.

The 74-year-old Ligambi has been in custody for more than two years. He’s on trial with 50-year-old nephew George Borgesi.

Alleged underboss Joseph “Mousie” Massimino is serving a 15-year term after being convicted at the first trial last year. That jury deadlocked on the key racketeering charge against Ligambi and Borgesi.

Prosecutors say they ran a gambling and loansharking ring that threatened debtors.



Defense lawyers call the case an expensive “witch hunt.”

The jury is set to resume deliberations Tuesday.

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