Veteran mob lawyer Edwin Jacobs is set to give closing arguments Monday on behalf of accused Philadelphia mob boss Joseph “Uncle Joe”Ligambi.
The 73-year-old Ligambi and six underlings are on trial for racketeering.
The three-month federal trial mostly involves sports betting, loansharking and illegal video poker machines.
Testimony suggests the Philadelphia-South Jersey mob is a shadow of its former self, and there are no murders or shootings in the case. But the government clearly wants to keep a lid on suspected mob activity amid former boss Joseph “Joey” Merlino’s release from prison last year.
Jacobs says the government is overstating its case after a 10-year FBI investigation. Defense lawyers suggest the mob today is broke and powerless.
The anonymous jury is expected to begin deliberations Tuesday.