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Anthony Borgesi

Anthony Borgesi

For more than a month family members of mob boss Joe Ligambi and of his nephew and co-defendant George Borgesi have sat in the second row behind the defense table at the racketeering conspiracy retrial of the two South Philadelphia wiseguys.

Today, as the trial resumed after a five-day break, that row was empty.

Following a highly publicized flap on Friday over possible jury intimidation, the families of the two men opted not to attend the trial today and for the foreseeable future, according to one defense attorney.”The government and the press were making them into a distraction,” said Christopher Warren, Borgesi’ lawyer, during a break in today’s session. “They (the family members) have voluntarily decided to absent themselves from the proceedings.”

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