A Hoffa-appointed panel has found Hoffa’s Executive Assistant Willie Smith not guilty after Smith was caught taking Playboy Super Bowl Party tickets from Teamster employer Southern Wine & Spirits. Their miscarriage of justice will now go before Judge Barbara Jones for review.

It is undisputed that Smith took tickets provided by Southern Wine & Spirits to attend the “Playboy Party Presented by Crown Royal”—an event advertised as “the most exclusive party in town during New Orleans’ highly-anticipated Super Bowl weekend.”

It is illegal for union officials to solicit anything of value from an employer.

But on May 16, a three-person panel appointed by Hoffa cleared Smith of any wrongdoing.

Even Hoffa’s whitewash panel had to admit that Smith, “might have had some reason to suspect that the passes were obtained with the assistance of SWS.” But, they cleared Smith anyway, claiming he didn’t know that the $6,000 tickets had any value.
Hoffa Corruption Cover-Up - Teamsters for a Democratic Union