Reporting Tony Hanson
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By Tony Hanson
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A federal judge today refused to grant bail for alleged mob boss Joseph Ligambi, who has been in jail pending his retrial on a variety of charges.
A jury recently acquitted Ligambi of five of the charges against him but was unable to reach a verdict on four others (see previous story).
In a pre-trial detention motion, government prosecutors alleged that Ligambi remains a danger to the community and views the rule of law in our society as “a joke.”
Defense attorney Edwin Jacobs Jr. had argued that it’s reasonable to infer the jury did not believe Ligambi was the boss of the mob based on its failure to reach a verdict on the lead charge of racketeering conspiracy (see related story).
The defense also argued that Ligambi, 73, has significant community and family ties, has an offer of employment from a respected but unidentified Philadelphia-based corporation.