July 1989–September 1992
This chapter examines the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) leadership's change of heart after signing a settlement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and its resistance to the consent decree that formalized the settlement. The settlement in US v. IBT did not guarantee eradication of Cosa Nostra's influence in the IBT. From August 1989 to September 1992, the IBT placed Judge David Edelstein and the court-appointed officers under legal siege. In the months following issuance of the consent decree, the international union and a number of IBT locals repeatedly challenged or refused to comply with the court officers' decisions, prompting the court officers to seek judicial orders. This chapter considers the IBT's counterattacks after signing the consent decree as well as Edelstein's opinion on the All Writs Act injunction requested by US Attorney Otto Obermaier prohibiting anyone from filing any lawsuit pertaining to the consent decree in any forum other than Edelstein's courtroom.
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