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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