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William E. Bufalino Sr.; Attorney for Teamsters Union, Jimmy Hoffa

May 21, 1990

William E. Bufalino Sr., 72, a longtime attorney for the Teamsters Union and its vanished ex-president, Jimmy Hoffa. Bufalino represented Hoffa, the Teamsters or both in seven trials and won five of them. The attorney ended his lengthy relationship with Hoffa in 1971, four years before the labor leader disappeared. Bufalino served 21 years as president of Teamsters Local 985. He testified before two Senate committees that investigated links between labor and organized crime in the 1950s. Bufalino insisted that he never defended any member of the Mafia. He tried to back up that assertion by unsuccessfully suing then-Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy and Sen. John McClellan (D-Ark.), saying they damaged his reputation by trying to link him with other committee witnesses. In Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on May 12 of heart failure.

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