The Friends of Jackie Presser

Prosecutors drop a case to shield the Teamsters boss

For eleven months, Allen Friedman has been in a Fort Worth federal prison, serving a three-year sentence for embezzling $165,000 as a nonworking "ghost employee" of Teamsters Union Local 507 in Cleveland, and nursing a powerful grievance. He was only "the fall guy," Friedman protested. The real culprit, he said, was Local 507's secretary-treasurer, Jackie Presser, who happens to be Friedman's nephew as well as president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the nation's largest labor union, with 2 million members.

Friedman's attorneys have requested a new trial in U.S. District Court in Akron, contending that their client's defense was hampered...

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