Nation: Hoffa's Hookers

The story was fantastic. As it was told, prostitutes had been provided for a panel of federal jurors trying a major case—and paid for by U.S. marshals. The judge had threatened to "get" the defendant. A U.S. marshal pranced about a hotel dressed in nothing but a woman's brassière and panties. It was fantastic, that is, until one knew the author of the plot, who is a pretty fantastic fellow himself: Teamster Boss James Riddle Hoffa.

With an eight-year jail term for jury-tampering hanging over him (plus a five-year term for a mail fraud and conspiracy conviction), Jimmy Hoffa has recently been...

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