|A federal judge says a Philadelphia mob boss will plead guilty rather than face a retrial in his New York City racketeering case.
The judge said in a filing this week the government and lawyers for Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino had notified him they’ve reached a plea deal. The terms were not disclosed.|
The government had accused Merlino of profiting from gambling and health insurance schemes run by East Coast organized crime families. Merlino has insisted he retired from the mob after serving a lengthy prison term in another case. A trial ended with a hung jury in February. Merlino is due back in court April 27.