Defense rests, juror removed in Philly mob trial

Pictured: Joseph Ligambi
December 19, 2012 9:52:12 AM PST
They won't be going home for Christmas, but several accused mobsters appear upbeat as their Philadelphia racketeering trial nears an end.

After two months of testimony from prosecution witnesses and two days from the defense, the trial's now on hold until January.

Seventy-three-year-old Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi is charged with running Philadelphia's La Cosa Nostra for the past decade. Six others are also charged in the racketeering case.

Ligambi's nephew, defendant George Borgesi, wished supporters a happy holiday as he left the courtroom to return to prison Wednesday. He even extended the greeting to prosecutors.

The trial resumes Jan. 3 with closing arguments.

Earlier Wednesday, one juror was removed amid concerns about media coverage of a potentially mob-linked slaying last week.

The victim's name had come up at trial.


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