Ex-Ohio Congressman Traficant Freed From Prison

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Rochester, Minn. (AP) -- Former Ohio congressman James Traficant is out of prison after serving seven years for bribery and racketeering.

The colorful nine-term democrat from Youngstown left a federal prison hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, this morning.

Wearing a gray t-shirt, white shorts and white knee-high socks, Traficant didn't respond to reporters' questions before riding off in a cab.

The 68-year-old now faces three years' probation.

Some people in Youngstown have planned a welcoming party with a suggested dress code of skinny ties, denim suits and bell-bottom pants -- all part of traficant's quirky style.

A former staffer who has talked with Traficant's wife says the ex-lawmaker planned to take a short vacation after his release.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by concerned Location: ohio on Sep 3, 2009 at 07:11 AM
    If we wer so concerned about prosicuting Traficant for his activities. Why was Gov. Taft simply alowed to resign after swindling billions of dollars or the entire Ohio budget instead of being prosicuted? It seems to me everyone is not treated equil.
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