WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court today cleared the way for the imprisonment of former Teamsters union chief Roy L. Williams and two others for conspiring to bribe former Sen. Howard W. Cannon (D-Nev.).
The court, without comment, refused to hear arguments that federal prosecutors unlawfully used FBI wiretap evidence in the case.
The court also rejected an appeal by a fourth defendant in the case, underworld figure Joseph Lombardo, 56. He was sentenced to 15 years and is already in prison.
Williams, who will be 70 on March 22, was sentenced to 55 years in prison. Andrew G. Massa, a former trustee of the union's Central States Pension Fund, was sentenced to a year and a day, and former trustee Thomas F. O'Malley received a 2 1/2-year sentence.
Williams and Lombardo each were fined $29,000 as well, and Williams was forced to give up his Teamsters position.
FBI agents made more than 2,000 reels of court-authorized tape recordings over a 14-month period.
The four defendants were convicted Dec. 15, 1982, of scheming to offer a bribe to Cannon in return for his help in trying to defeat a trucking deregulation bill.