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  •  Traficant was released from prison a year before (3+ / 0-)
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    ...his 2010 run for Congress.

    Committed to making sure that Mark Kirk and Ron Johnson are shown the door in 2016!

    by DownstateDemocrat on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 11:46:21 PM PST

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    •  I'm thinking of 2002... (3+ / 0-)
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      In 2002, Traficant was indicted on federal corruption charges for taking campaign funds for personal use. Again, he opted to represent himself, insisting that the trial was part of a vendetta against him dating to his 1983 trial. On April 15, he was convicted of 10 felony counts including bribery, racketeering, and tax evasion. As per House rules, he lost his right to vote on legislation pending an investigation by the House Ethics Committee. On April 12, 2002, after a two-month federal trial, a jury found Traficant guilty of bribery and other charges. He was sentenced to a federal prison, where he served seven years.


      After his expulsion, Traficant ran as an independent candidate for another term in the House while incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institute, Allenwood. He received 15 percent of the vote and became one of only a handful of individuals in the history of the United States to run for a federal office from prison. The election was won by one of his former aides, Tim Ryan.

      •  I remember Traficant claimed in court... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...that the proceedings and the pressure were giving him chronic diarrhea.

        Here's to you, Scott!  (Holding up a glass of metamucil, for a toast).

        Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand. Tear Ayn, the GOP, and Fox News new orifices; laugh and enjoy. @floydbluealdus1

        by Floyd Blue on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 09:45:50 AM PST

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