Ligambi Mob Trial in Chaos as Jurors Insist on Behaving Badly

Two weeks since they began deliberating on the fate of reputed mobster Joseph “Uncle Joe” Ligambi, the jury is right where they started: nowhere.

A foreman has resigned. Another juror has fallen ill. And a third juror in a Philadelphia mob case suddenly recalls knowing something about a defense witness, and not liking him.

Which means the judge has ordered a fresh, hopefully improved jury to start deliberating anew. (Though he hasn’t declared a mistrial.) And just for good measure, this detail crept into the latest report:

One man still serving on the jury has worn an array of Harley-Davidson T-shirts to the federal courtroom, except for the day he advertised his fondness for liquor.

Breathe it in: That’s democracy. [Associated Press]1