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Mobster Joey Merlino Headed Back to Prison For Parole Violations

A judge in Philadelphia has ruled that Merlino violated the terms of his supervised release by meeting with a convicted felon and a former co-defendant inside the Havana Nights Cigar Bar, in Boca Raton.


File photo of Joseph “Uncle Joe” Ligambi.

Feds Drop Case Against Joseph Ligambi

Joseph Ligambi could have faced a third trial after jurors acquitted him last week of witness tampering while deadlocking on three other charges.


(The US Courthouse in Philadelphia.  File photo by Ed Fischer)

Ligambi Acquitted Of One More Count in Philly Mob Retrial; Borgesi Ordered Freed

After weeks of off-and-on deliberations, a federal court jury in Philadelphia has acquitted Joseph Ligambi on one count and confirmed it was deadlocked on three others against him. The jury also acquitted co-defendant George Borgesi of the one count against him.


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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Mafia Prince’ Speaks For The First Time

Phil Leonetti, a longtime leader in the Philly mob, talks about the murder and mayhem that he was a big part of to CBS 3 reporter Walt Hunter.


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After Two Re-Starts, Jury Deliberations Resume In Ligambi Organized Crime Trial

Jury deliberations, which began two weeks ago, have not gone smoothly. Two jurors have been removed, one for illness, the other because the juror reportedly knew a witness and reported it during deliberations. Each time the jury had to start over.


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Jury Deliberations Resume In Ligambi’s Organized Crime Trial

A federal jury is now considering the alleged mob racketeering case against alleged boss Joseph Ligambi and 6 others.


(The federal courthouse at 6th and Market Streets in Philadelphia.  File photo by Ed Fischer)

Admitted Philadelphia Mobster Takes Stand Against Former Colleagues

Admitted mob associate Louis Monacello testified that he collected “street tax” or “tribute” for defendant and alleged mob boss Joseph Ligambi and others.


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Testimony Begins Today In Ligambi Racketeering Trial

After a full day of opening statements yesterday, testimony is scheduled to begin this morning in the federal racketeering conspiracy trial of alleged mob boss Joseph Ligambi and six other men.


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Trial Opens For Accused Philadelphia Mob Leader Joseph Ligambi

Cold-blooded mobsters, or victims targeted by overzealous and desperate authorities? That’s the choice laid out for the jury.


Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signs the budget bill. (Credit: Tony Romeo)

Corbett Signs Bill To Help Shut Down Internet Café Gambling Operations

Governor Corbett has signed a bill aimed at helping law enforcement shut down so-called “Internet Café” gambling operations in Pennsylvania.


(Pennsylvania state police commissioner Frank Noonan describes the car theft ring broken up.  Credit: Brad Segall)

International Luxury Car Theft Ring Smashed in Southeastern Pa.

Pennsylvania state police say 57 cars worth more than $2.3 million disappeared.


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Philadelphia Mob, Once Written Off, Has Bounced Back

A federal grand jury report unsealed Monday, announcing charges against the top two reputed Philadelphia mobsters and 11 others, paints a picture of La Casa Nostra as alive and well.


Law enforcement officials announce the arrests of alleged mob members (credit: KYW's John McDevitt)

Feds Arrest Philadelphia Reputed Mob Head, Others

The reputed boss of the Philadelphia mob and a dozen others are facing charges following a series of arrests by federal authorities.


(Ray Stevenson stars in "Kill The Irishman.")

Movie Review: ‘Kill The Irishman’

“Kill The Irishman” is a ho-hum crime biodrama about a mob war that seems so grindingly familiar that you’re almost sure you’ve sat through it before.


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Former Mob Boss ‘Skinny’ Joey Merlino To Be Released From Prison

“Skinny” Joey Merlino is reportedly going to be released from federal prison later this month, apparently to a halfway house and under supervised parole.