Criminal Procedure keyed to Weinreb
Hoffa v. United States
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James Hoffa (“Hoffa”) was charged with violating a provision of the Taft-Hartley Act. He was tried in the autumn of 1962 (“the Test Fleet trial”). The Test Fleet trial ended with a hung jury. Hoffa and various others were convicted in 1964 of bribing members of the jury during the Test Fleet trial. The Court of Appeals affirmed the convictions. One of the government’s witnesses, Edward Partin (“Partin”), testified to various statements made to him by Hoffa and another convicted individual named King. During the Test Fleet trial, Hoffa occupied a three-room suite in a hotel in Nashville. King was a constant companion of Hoffa in the suite. Partin was also often in the hotel during the trial. Also, Hoffa’s attorneys were in the room. During that time, Partin made various reports to a federal agents about conversations “he said Hoffa and King had had with him and with each other, disclosing endeavors to bribe members of the Test Fleet jury.” Federal agents asked Partin to look out for Hoffa attempting to tamper with the Test Fleet jury. After the Test Fleet trial, Partin’s wife received money from the government and all charges against Partin were dropped.
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