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Jurors in mob trial at an impasse

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 3 (UPI) — Jurors at the Philadelphia mob-racketeering trial said they are at an impasse and revealed that they are split on the case for the first time.

The Philadelphia Inquirer said the panel of eight men and four women listened to more FBI tapes Saturday and went home without a verdict, as they have for more than a dozen days now.

U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno had extended the deliberations into weekend, The Philadelphia Inquirer said.

Robreno told them not to be pressured into a decision and directed them to return to discussions Sunday.

Jurors did not say whether they agreed on any of the 52 counts on the indictment of mob boss Joseph “Uncle Joe” Ligambi and six others.

Prosecutors said Ligambi and his associates are guilty of illegal gambling and extortion.

The Philadelphia Inquirer said the 10-week trial included evidence from a FBI investigation over the course of 10 years, and included 15,000 recordings by informants.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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