With the last of the federal charges against him dropped, reputed mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi walked out of the U.S. District Courthouse in Philadelphia a free man Tuesday morning.
"I'm going to go home and relax," Ligambi, 74, told reporters. "It's freezing out." Wearing a black wool trench, he climbed into a black sedan on Market Street with his nephew Anthony Borgesi. "We're just happy," Borgesi said.
Ligambi's chilly walk to freedom came days after a federal jury deadlocked on the last of the racketeering and gambling charges against him - and hours after U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno, on a motion from prosecutors, dismissed the remaining counts. Ligambi had been in custody since his indictment in 2011.