LABOR: Hoffa Home Free

Four years and nine months ago, after strenuous efforts by the Kennedy Administration to get him jailed, Teamster Boss James Hoffa walked through the gates of the federal penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pa., to start serving a 13-year sentence for jury tampering and mail fraud. Last week Jimmy Hoffa walked out, his sentence commuted by order of President Nixon. The Justice Department announcement noted that Hoffa had been a well-behaved prisoner and indicated that Nixon had acted largely for humanitarian reasons: Hoffa's wife Josephine is recovering from a heart attack.

Some read the commutation in a different light. Despite his imprisonment,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!