Reputed Philadelphia mobster set free

Jan. 28, 2014 at 4:07 PM

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A reputed Philadelphia mob boss walked out of court Tuesday a free man after prosecutors said they would not try him a third time on a racketeering indictment.

Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi said he planned to go home and "relax" as he left the U.S. courthouse in Philadelphia after a judge nullified the six-count 2009 indictment charging him with conspiracy to commit racketeering, loansharking and other crimes, WCAU-TV, Philadelphia, reported.

Ligambi, 74, had been in prison since 2011 when a jury took nearly 30 days to acquit him on five of six counts. They deadlocked on the most serious charge, the conspiracy allegation.

It was the second time federal prosecutors failed to make their case against Ligambi stick.

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