Teamsters Union President James Hoffa, on the right, is seen Oct. 21, 1962, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo)
Updated: Friday, 24 Jul 2009, 2:42 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 24 Jul 2009, 1:55 PM EDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Newly released grand jury transcripts say associates of late Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa plotted to ambush a group of FBI agents during his 1962 trial in Nashville.
Walter J. Sheridan, a Justice Department official, told the Nashville grand jury in 1963 that Hoffa's supporters planned to trap the agents in an alley "and have a bunch of business agents waiting for them."
This came at a time when the Justice Department targeted Hoffa for prosecution.
The plan was not carried out. The trial, on charges that Hoffa took payoffs from trucking companies, ended in a hung jury. But Hoffa was convicted two years later of jury tampering during the trial.
The transcripts do not say whether Hoffa knew about the plot. A retired professor went to court to get them released.