LABOR: Out of the Trap

When FBI agents arrested squat, tough Teamster James Riddle Hoffa in Washington last March, it looked as if the U.S. Government might have an airtight case against him. Jimmy Hoffa, 44, chairman of the Central States Teamster Conference and most powerful of the International Teamsters Union's vice presidents, had blundered thuddingly into a trap set by the Senate's labor-rackets investigating committee. Committee Counsel Robert F. Kennedy (younger brother of Mas-sachusett's Senator Jack Kennedy) confidently vowed to jump off the Capitol dome if Hoffa wriggled out of the charges brought against him by the federal grand jury: bribery, conspiracy, and...

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