Movie Draws Renewed Interest in Hoffa Legal Trials

Release of the Netflix movie "The Irishman" has drawn renewed attention to former Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa and his legal trials. A recent piece in the Chattanooga Times Free Press by TBA member Maury Nicely, digs deeper, looking at Hoffa's federal trial for jury tampering in Chattanooga and how that trial may have played a part in the union boss’ downfall. Nicely, author of the book "Hoffa in Tennessee,” called it “the biggest-ever Chattanooga trial,” saying the events that transpired in then Judge Frank Wilson's courtroom may have led to Hoffa’s fall from power, and ultimately his disappearance. The trial lasted from Jan. 20 to March 12, 1964, resulting in conviction of Hoffa on four of the 20 counts against him, and led to numerous appeals by his legal team who alleged improper conduct by federal prosecutors such as providing alcohol and sending prostitutes to jurors.

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