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,...

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