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Criminal Procedure keyed to Kamisar
Hoffa v. United States
Citation:385 U.S. 293, 87 S.Ct. 408, 17 L.Ed.2d 374 (1966)
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Edward Partin was in jail on state criminal charges and under a federal indictment for embezzling Teamster Union funds; other indictments for state offenses were pending against him. Partin agreed to become an informant against Hoffa, the president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and his associates (defendants). Partin repeatedly visited the defendants’ hotel suite and made frequent reports to a federal agent regarding conversations the defendants had about bribing members of the Test Fleet jury. Partin’s reports and testimony contributed to the defendants’ convictions. After the Test Fleet trial, Partin’s wife received monthly payments from government funds, and the state and federal charges against Partin were either dropped or not actively pursued.
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