CBS Evening News for Friday, Jun 16, 1978
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(Studio) Kingston, New York, jury's conviction of Teamster official Anthony Provenzano on 17-yr.-old murder charge reported Provenzano's suspected involvement in disappearance of James Hoffa and incring. pressure being put on suspects in Hoffa case stated.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Films of Hoffa shown. [HOFFA - says no violent action will take place against him.] Federal investigators' information with regard to probable Hoffa death in gangland-style killing described; lack of witnesses who will testify in court noted. Suspects stated to be those who feared Hoffa would reveal org. crime ties with Teamsters pension fund. Investigators' use of other evidence turned up in Hoffa investigation to prosecute Hoffa suspects for other crimes reported; details given. Involved in such moves are Provenzano, Anthony Giacalone, Charles O'Brien and Salvatore Briguglio. Chgs. that Hoffa has become cause of Justice Department harassment noted. [Detroit FBI office spokesperson Richard BRETZING - says office not in business of harassment, but if in process of investigating one crime, evidence of another is found, it won't be ignored.] Comments of experienced criminal attys. about Justice Department actions given.
REPORTER: Fred Graham