A juror at the racketeering trial for Philadelphia's alleged mob leaders called out sick Tuesday, halting the proceedings as the panel was to begin its sixth day of deliberations.
At the request of lawyers in the case, U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno told the other panel members only that the missing juror, an older woman, was "indisposed." He sent them home and directed them to return Wednesday.
But it was unclear when the jury might again start weighing the charges against reputed mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi and six codefendants. The judge's courtroom deputy, who talked with the ill juror by phone, said the woman said she hoped to return Wednesday. - John Martin