The reputed boss of the Philadelphia mob is a free man after beating two racketeering trials over two years.
Joseph “Uncle Joe” Ligambi quietly left the U.S. courthouse Tuesday morning with his brother and nephew and jumped into a waiting car.
His release comes after the Justice Department decided not to take Ligambi to trial a third time. A judge on Tuesday dismissed his 2009 indictment.
Two juries have deadlocked on the central racketeering charge, while acquitting Ligambi of six lesser counts.
The case mostly involves low-level gambling and loansharking, in contrast to the deadly feuds that long characterized Philadelphia mob trials.
The 74-year-old Ligambi has been in prison since 2011. His alleged underboss, enforcer and others were convicted last year.
Ligambi said he plans to go home and “relax” Tuesday night.