- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 14, 2009

NASHVILLE, TENN. (AP) - A federal judge in Tennessee is ruling that some secret grand jury testimony used to indict former Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa should be unsealed.

U.S. District Court Judge Todd J. Campbell ordered prosecutors Tuesday to unsealed the testimony from Walter Sheridan, a top aide of then-Attorney General Robert Kennedy. Sheridan testified before a Nashville grand jury that indicted Hoffa in 1963 on a charge of jury tampering.

Retired law professor William L. Tabac argues the testimony will answer lingering questions over whether the government used improper evidence to indict Hoffa.

The testimony was not immediately released to the public. Prosecutors have until April 27 to recommend redaction of parts of Sheridan’s testimony, and they could appeal the judge’s decision.

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