James F. Neal (AP photo)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. AP) - Attorney James F. Neal, who prosecuted Jimmy Hoffa and key Watergate figures and later defended Exxon Corp. after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, has died. He was 81.
His law partner, Aubrey Harwell, said Friday that Neal died Thursday night at a hospital in Tennessee and had been diagnosed with cancer.
In 1964, Neal successfully prosecuted Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa on jury tampering charges in Chattanooga, Tenn.
A decade later, Neal was the special Watergate prosecutor who won convictions of H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and then-attorney general John Mitchell, all one-time aides to Richard Nixon.
Neal won the 1964 conviction against Hoffa while serving as a special assistant to then-U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy.
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