Nation: The Real Corruption

Convicted Teamsters Boss Jimmy Hoffa last week braced himself before U.S. District Judge Frank Wilson in Chattanooga and prepared to take it on the chin. He got it. Wilson slugged Hoffa with a sentence of eight years in prison and a $10,000 fine for trying to bribe a jury that was hearing conspiracy charges against him in 1962.

Then the judge cut loose with a blistering lecture. Said Wilson: "Most defendants that stand before this court for sentencing have either violated the property rights of other individuals or have violated the personal rights of other individuals.

"You stand here convicted of seeking to...

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