By Tony Hanson

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.

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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.”

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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.


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