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Jimmy Hoffa / Release #214529

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Dec 23, 1971
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(Studio) Hoffa denied parole 3 times. On being freed, heads for Saint Louis, Missouri.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Glendale, Missouri) [Hoffa's daughter Mrs. Robert CRANCER - denies father's guilt, expresses joy at his return.]

(Studio) President Nixon extends President clemency to 253 prisoners.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Background report given. Release said no surprise. Kennedy vendetta against Hoffa noted. Teamster political influence noted. Teamster president Frank Fitzsimmons a Nixon favorite.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Lewisburg, Pennsylvania) Hoffa leaves prison. [HOFFA - says Teamster leadership in good hands; prison life unbelievable; appreciates Mr. Nixon's action.] 1 condition of release is no union activities until 1980.
REPORTER: Robert Schakne

Cronkite, Walter;
Rather, Dan;
Schakne, Robert

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