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TeufelHunden
07-26-02, 05:25 PM
...I've noticed in numerous media images, that James Traficant, the former U.S. Representative, always wears a small Marine Corps Emblem on his lapel. Does anyone here know the connection? His bio doesn't mention any military service.

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20020725/capt.1027564584.traficant_wcap308.jpg

Sparrowhawk
07-26-02, 05:39 PM
His autobigraphy has no reference to having served in the military.

http://www.vote-smart.org/img/pics/H/H3201103.JPG


Biographical Data For
Representative James A. 'Jim' Traficant Jr. Biographical
Campaign Finances
Issue Positions (NPAT)
Special Interest Groups
Voting Record

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Current Office: United States House of Representatives
Current District: 17
Name: Representative James A. 'Jim' Traficant Jr.
Party: Democrat
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Patricia Choppa; 2 Children.
Birth Date: 05/08/41
Birth Place: Youngstown, OH
Home City: Poland, OH
Religion: Roman Catholic

Educational Experience:
MS, Counseling, Youngstown State University, 1976
MS, Administration, Youngstown State University, 1973
BS, Education, University of Pittsburgh, 1963.
Professional Experience:
Executive Director, Mahoning County Drug Program, Inc, 1971-1981
Consumer Finance Direcor, Youngstown Community Action Program
Instructor, Classes on Drugs and Alcohol, Colleges, Police Forces
Girard Life Insurance.


First Elected: 11/06/84
Last Elected: 11/07/00

Congressional Election 2000
Votes Received: 120333
Percent of Votes Received: 50.00%

Next Election: 2002

Political Experience:
Mahoning County Sheriff, 1981-1985.


Roll Call Vote Analysis:


Year Voting Participation Party Support Presidential Support
2001 98% 9% 81%
2000 100% 22% 32%
1999 99% 43% 44%
1998 97% 32% 46%
1997 99% 23% 36%

LadyLeatherneck
07-26-02, 07:12 PM
I sure hope he's not a former Marine.
Maybe he's just a supporter.
We have FANS you know ;)

TeufelHunden
07-26-02, 07:22 PM
...The Eagle, Globe and Anchor because he's a fan?!?


Maybe he's just a supporter. We have FANS you know

LadyLeatherneck
07-26-02, 07:47 PM
Well it's just a pin. I mean I don't see anything wrong
with someone wearing an Eagle, Globe, and Anchor
pin. I mean if my dad wore a pin supporting the
Marine Corps I sure wouldn't jump on him for that.
I'd be proud, but maybe that's just me. It's like saying
a U.S. resident can't wear an American Flag pin because
they're not a citizen of the U.S...now would that be right?

USMC0311
07-26-02, 11:09 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by TeufelHunden
[B]...I've noticed in numerous media images, that James Traficant, the former U.S. Representative, always wears a small Marine Corps Emblem on his lapel. Does anyone here know the connection? His bio doesn't mention any military service.

James Traficant,

maverick Ohio Congressman, was found guilty of bribery, racketeering, tax evasion, and obstruction of justice in April. In all, he was convicted on 10 federal charges and faces up to 63 years in jail. Traficant flamboyantly defended himself in court, though he does not have a law degree. In addition, he faces expulsion from the U.S. House of Representatives.

Found nothing that indicated this man was in any Military Service!

SF

Sixguns
07-27-02, 07:40 AM
Headquarters Marine Corps has an office that responds to legislative inquiries and other requests for information from congressional members. The Office of Legislative Affairs from time-to-time gives out small gifts to these elected officials to keep them pro-Marine. Maybe someone gave him this emblem to let him know the Marines can help him learn the value of honor, courage and commitment.

TeufelHunden
07-27-02, 07:56 AM
...Myself & thousands before and since have busted their asses to earn the right to wear the Eagle, Globe and Anchor. Many of those same thousands bled and died in service of that same Eagle, Globe and Anchor.

It's one thing to wear a hat, t-shirt, or any other commercially available product with the Eagle, Globe and Anchor incorporated thereon - It's a completely different thing altogether IMO, to wear what appears to me to be a collar emblem for a Dress Blues uniform.

Sparrowhawk
07-27-02, 11:09 AM
The emblem represents integrity, honesty, courage and honor what the former congressman has never learned.

A good grunt would have told him to remove it. Then if he didn't the grunt would have knocked the sh!t out of the congressman.

Just my opinion.

Sixguns
07-27-02, 11:22 AM
I am not saying it is at all right for the congressman to be wearing the emblem. I was merely giving an example of how he may have come into possession of one. I am not a big fan of "honorary Marines" or similar titles being cast on those who have not served as Marines. We are all taught the pride associated with wearing this emblem. It comes from a long and storied past of Marine sacrifices and heroism that enabled the breed to flourish. I hardly think the congressman is part of our breed.

LadyLeatherneck
07-27-02, 02:27 PM
Teufel and Sparrow I know what you're saying and do agree
with you but like I said, it just looks like a pin to me. I mean
if it's straight out a pin just issued to Marines then I'd understand,
but I've seen pins like that out in town wear they sell military
pins for anyone to buy. I mean if this guy is a sh!tbird, okay I can
understand it, but like I said I wouldn't have a problem if I saw
a supportive parent or friend wearing a Marine Pin in support
of the Marine Corps, but I do understand your feeling on the
Eagle, Globe and Anchor and who should wear it and who
shouldn't...I AM a Marine you know ;)

wrbones
07-27-02, 04:59 PM
Take a look at the logic structure of that statement. No wonder ya ****ing folks off alla time! Rethink yer strategy, darlin. That statement won't even work for me! Either they earned it or they didn't in my opinion. But I could be wrong......NOT!

TeufelHunden
07-27-02, 05:08 PM
...In this Marine's humble opinion...

Graduate Marine Corps Bootcamp or OCS = Rate to wear the Eagle, Globe and Anchor.

I can tell you this - If my own father (or anyone else in my family for that matter), who could not be prouder of his Marine son, to this day & I've been out 5+ years, decided to sport an Eagle, Globe and Anchor lapel pin such as the one pictured - You can bet your asses I'd call him on it, with the end result being either he stopped (which I'm sure he would once he understood why, which he does) -OR- This Marine would end up getting written outa the will.

Not trying to be confrontational y'all, this is just a pet peave of mine.

Rat Patrol
07-27-02, 05:19 PM
BY WEARING THAT EMBLEM WHILE HE MAKES AN AZZ OF HIMSELF ON NATIONAL TV, AND BEFORE CONGRESS WITH HIS DUMBSH.T STATEMENTS AND REMARKS HE IS ASSOCIATING HIMSELF WITH THE MARINE CORPS...

AND THAT'S THE IMAGE THAT IS LEFT ON THE DUMB PUBLIC!

TeufelHunden
07-27-02, 05:26 PM
Originally posted by Rat Patrol
BY WEARING THAT EMBLEM WHILE HE MAKES AN AZZ OF HIMSELF ON NATIONAL TV, AND BEFORE CONGRESS WITH HIS DUMBSH.T STATEMENTS AND REMARKS HE IS ASSOCIATING HIMSELF WITH THE MARINE CORPS...

AND THAT'S THE IMAGE THAT IS LEFT ON THE DUMB PUBLIC!

Exactly! I can't tell you the number of folks I've had to set straight over the past couple of days who've queried if he was once a Marine and if not, why is he wearing the Eagle, Globe and Anchor.

USMC0311
07-27-02, 05:30 PM
Our Insignia is earned . and should be held in the highest Esteem and Admiration by all that have received the EGA.

Tradition, Honor, Integrity and Dedication.
The crook sure ain't holding none of these attributes.

Semper Fidelis, Marines

TeufelHunden
07-27-02, 06:26 PM
...Are you a family member or friend of a Marine and you wanna show your support?

Wear This...

http://www.dandfoutfitters.com/catalog/images/item73.jpg

Not This...

LadyLeatherneck
07-27-02, 07:29 PM
Okay, point made I'll :o now.

RVwolfpack
12-27-09, 12:21 PM
I was asking the same question, Is Traficant a Marine? (A google search of the q led me to this site)

From most of the posts I’ve seen here, (in response to this particular question, not the site in general) I must say I’m a bit dismayed.

Many of you have spoke of things like honor, integrity and courage; but you seem to be spouting off without knowing the condition of our country. I’ve been following the Traficant issue, off and on, for some time now, and Traficant brings some noteworthy points. (Never to me misinterpreted for my absolute support of him. I don’t trust any politician these days) If you people don’t think there’s corruption in our government and our own government isn’t capable of railroading an outspoken opponent, then you are in very sad shape indeed. I would take the time to explain it to you further if I thought any of you were capable of understanding a word of it.

Have any of you attempted to contact Traficant or one of ‘his people’ directly to get an answer about why he wears the pin? I’ll get back to you all soon and let you know what I find out. Until then, when you’re speaking of integrity, you might want to consider not back stabbing someone until you have facts in hand.

BLT 1/4 13th MEU 88-92

Ed Palmer
12-27-09, 12:44 PM
All I could find is the he is/was a fine outhouse Democrap
James Traficant



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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 17th district
In office
January 3, 1985 Ė July 24, 2002
Preceded by Lyle Williams
Succeeded by Timothy J. Ryan

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Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Patricia "Tish" Choppa Traficant
Religion Roman Catholic
James Anthony Traficant, Jr. (born May 8, 1941) is a former Democratic Representative in the United States Congress from Ohio (from 1985 to 2002). He represented the 17th Congressional District, which centered around his hometown of Youngstown and includes parts of three counties in northeast Ohio's Mahoning Valley. He was expelled after being convicted of taking bribes, filing false tax returns, racketeering, and forcing his aides to perform chores at his farm in Ohio and on his houseboat in Washington, D.C.,[1] and was released from prison on September 2, 2009, after serving a seven-year sentence.[2]

Traficant's wife, Tish, has reportedly stated[3] that he did not accept the DOJ's invitation to be supervised on early release by Richard J. Billak (the CEO of CCA). Billak had testified against him during Traficant's 2002 Federal Bribery trial.[4][5]

Contents [hide]
1 Early life and career
2 Independent voice
3 Indictment, conviction, testimony to House Ethics, and expulsion from Congress
4 Prison
4.1 Release from prison
5 Notes
6 External links
7 See also


[edit] Early life and career
Born into a working-class, Catholic family in Youngstown, Ohio, Traficant graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School in 1959 and the University of Pittsburgh in 1963 (where he was a standout in football), was drafted into the NFL at number 276 by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1963, and obtained a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and another from Youngstown State University. He was the executive director of the Mahoning County Drug Program from 1971 to 1981 and Sheriff of Mahoning County from 1981 to 1985. While serving as Sheriff, Traficant made national headlines by refusing to execute foreclosure orders on several unemployed homeowners, many of whom had been left unemployed by the recent closures of steel mills. This endeared him to the local population, which had long derived its wealth from steel and steel-associated businesses.[6] In 1983, he was charged with racketeering for accepting bribes. Traficant, who represented himself in the criminal trial, argued that he accepted the bribes only as part of an undercover investigation into corruption. Traficant was acquitted of the charges, becoming the only person ever to win a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) case while representing himself.

Publicity from the RICO trial increased Traficant's local visibility. He was elected as a Democrat to Congress from Ohio's 17th District, defeating Lyle Williams, a three-term Republican incumbent. He was reelected eight times without serious opposition.

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. He was expelled from the U.S. Congress on July 24, 2002.

[edit] Independent voice
In the House, Traficant was known for his flamboyant and eccentric style. He was a constant thorn in the side of the Democratic caucus with his eccentric behavior, an image he embraced. He often dressed poorly, with narrow neck ties (then out of style), wide-lapelled sportcoats and an occasional denim suit. He also sported an ugly, unkempt pompadour, which he jokingly claimed he cut with a weed whacker (it was revealed, after his conviction, that he wore a toupee). Casting himself as a rough-hewn populist and "regular guy," he gave speeches that were far outside the staid norms of political speaking. Many people tuned into C-SPAN just to watch his one-minute speeches at the beginning of each day's sitting.[citation needed] His trademark closing lines were "Beam me up... I yield back the fact..." His Website featured a picture of him swinging a two-by-four with the words "Bangin' away in D.C."

After the Republicans took control of the House in 1995, Traficant tended to vote more often with the Republicans than with his own party. On abortion, for instance, Traficant voted the pro-life position of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) 95% of the time in the 105th Congress, and 100% of the time in the 106th and 107th Congresses. However, he voted against all four articles of impeachment against Bill Clinton. After he voted for Republican Dennis Hastert for Speaker of the House in 2001, the Democrats stripped him of his seniority and refused to give him a committee assignment. Because the Republicans did not assign him to any committee, Traficant became the first member of the House of Representatives in over a century without any committee assignment who was not in a leadership position.[citation needed]

Traficant championed the unpopular cause of John Demjanjuk, a Ukrainian-born autoworker from Seven Hills, who had been convicted in Israel and sentenced to hang for having been the brutal concentration camp guard "Ivan the Terrible." For almost a decade, Traficant was virtually alone (except for columnist Pat Buchanan) in insisting that Demjanjuk had been denied a fair trial and been the victim of mistaken identity; the Supreme Court of Israel eventually overturned the conviction, on the basis of doubt, in 1993. Demjanjuk was later deported to Germany on May 11, 2009, after the Supreme Court refused to overturn his deportation order.

While in Congress, Traficant was a supporter of immigration reduction,[7] and a strong opponent of illegal immigration. In the controversy surrounding the defeat of Congressman Bob Dornan (R-CA) by Democrat Loretta Sanchez, Traficant was the only Democratic member of Congress who advocated a new election, due to possible voting in that race by illegal aliens. Sanchez would later introduce a bill expelling Traficant from the House of Representatives.[8]

[edit] Indictment, conviction, testimony to House Ethics, and expulsion from Congress
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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.

After Traficant's conviction, July 16, 2002, the House Committee Standards of Official Conduct convened a misconduct hearing and heard testimony from Richard Detore, who testified on Traficant's behalf (broadcast on C-SPAN).[9]

Detore testified that the U.S. Attorney Craig Morford, Cleveland prosecutor on the case was witness tampering, committing criminal prosecutorial misconduct related to the alleged Youngstown, Ohio's Cafaro Company's involvement in tax fraud and mafia money-laundering. Cafaro intended for his daughter, Capri Cafaro to run against Traficant in the next congressional election. Capris told Detore that J. J. Cafaro perjured himself throughout his own trial, and that it caused problems for his family. The prosecutor threatened that the Internal Revenue Service would audit him if he did not testify according to a "script", and that he would prove Detore committed bank fraud, which was false. Morford continuously attempted to harass, agitate and intimidate, "yelling, screaming, and throwing papers at" Defore for being "uncooperative", and he "was getting on the wrong train". Detore refused to lie for anyone for any reason, and refused to testify. Detore's home was ransacked. Morford had granted him direct and indirect immunity, but denied it, after Detore refused to testify. "It was a process by ambush... an out-of-body experience." Even with exculpatory evidence, Morford indicted Detore with one count of conspiracy to violate the Federal Bribery Statute by serving as liaison between his former employer, U.S. Aerospace Group, and Traficant, but was acquitted[10] by a jury. See C-SPAN videos: here.[11][12]

Ohio Congressman Ted Strickland was so disturbed by these sworn and televised allegations of DOJ misconduct that he publicly called for an investigation.[13] But DOJ 'internal affairs'[14] ignored Strickland, never investigating either the sworn military earwitness affidavit[15] or the attorney billing records[16] that corroborated the dates/times of harassing witness tampering phone calls testified to on C-SPAN and in the affidavit.

The House Ethics Committee recommended that Traficant be expelled from Congress. On July 24 the House voted 420-1 to expel him. Gary Condit was the lone "no" vote, and nine members voted "present." Traficant was the first representative to be expelled since Michael Myers's expulsion in 1980 as a result of the Abscam scandal.

After his expulsion, Traficant ran as an independent candidate for another term in the House while incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institute, Allenwood.[17] He received 15 percent of the vote (27,487 votes) 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.[18]

[edit] Prison
Traficant served his first 17 months in prison at FCI Allenwood and shortly after, he was shackled and put in solitary confinement for causing a riot after telling a guard, "People can't hear you. Speak up."[19] For nine months, beginning in March 2004, he served with 20 inmates in one locked room at the Federal Correctional Institution Raybrook with a public commode, and with four in a room at Federal Medical Center, Rochester for three years. He was admonished by prison officials in Raybrook he was only a "few points away" from a penitentiary. In the seven years of incarceration, he refused any visitors because he didn't want anyone to see him. He wore his hair in a pony tail without his trademark hairpiece. Traficant took up artwork while in prison; according to his wife, he did not have access to a computer there [20]. "I understood the dynamics of prison life." Regarding the overcrowded prison system he said, "And now what you have is, they want to keep the prisons open, keep the jobs going. They're putting 20, 30 years on some of these young people, and it's out of hand." He was released on September 2, 2009, at age 68, and is subject to three years of probation.[21]

While in prison, Traficant received support from David Duke, who urged visitors to his personal website to donate to Traficant's canteen fund. Duke also posted a letter written by Traficant stating that he was targeted by the U.S. Department of Justice for, among other things, defending John Demjanjuk. Traficant also claimed, in the letter, that he knew facts about "Waco, Ruby Ridge, Pan Am Flight 103, Jimmy Hoffa and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy", which he may divulge in the future. Author Michael Collins Piper, who initially helped circulate Traficant's letter, said that "There's stuff I've written about Traficant that's showing up in places I don't even know. It's like (six) degrees of separation with the Internet now," and denied that Traficant had any direct connections to Duke.[20]

[edit] Release from prison
Traficant was released from prison on September 2, 2009 after serving seven years in prison. On September 6, 2009, 1200 supporters welcomed him home at a banquet with an Elvis impersonator and a Traficant look-a-like contest. "Welcome home Jimbo" was printed on T-shirts. "I think it's time to tell the FBI and the IRS that this is our country and we're tired -- tired of the pressure, tired of the political targeting, tired of a powerful central government that is crippling America," he said. Traficant said he hasn't decided yet whether he will run again for Congress, and that he forfeited his future. He also said he doesn't care about what anyone did to him or does to him in the future. "I'm going to say what I think is right, I'm going to do what I think is right," he said. "And if it offends some people, then so be it. You see, because I'm still, I guess, the same jackass I was."[22][23][24]

In an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren[19], he said he was the top target of AIPAC and the U.S. Justice Department. Traficant denied he is anti-Semitic, but said that "They [The Zionist extremists in the USA and Israel] control much of the media, they control much of the commerce of the country, and they control powerfully both bodies of the Congress. They own the Congress." He said he had predicted another economic depression, and people just laughed at him.[25][26][27] Traficant has also expressed his support of the Fair Tax plan and criticized President Obama's stimulus bill. He has said of Congress, "I think it is a big *****house and they better start taking care of America and stop worrying about the Middle East and worry about the Midwest." [28]

After his release from prison, he was featured as a guest speaker at a Tea Party Protest in Columbiana, Ohio. [29]

GSEMarine94
12-27-09, 02:15 PM
I was asking the same question, Is Traficant a Marine? (A google search of the q led me to this site)

From most of the posts Iíve seen here, (in response to this particular question, not the site in general) I must say Iím a bit dismayed.

Many of you have spoke of things like honor, integrity and courage; but you seem to be spouting off without knowing the condition of our country. Iíve been following the Traficant issue, off and on, for some time now, and Traficant brings some noteworthy points. (Never to me misinterpreted for my absolute support of him. I donít trust any politician these days) If you people donít think thereís corruption in our government and our own government isnít capable of railroading an outspoken opponent, then you are in very sad shape indeed. I would take the time to explain it to you further if I thought any of you were capable of understanding a word of it.

Have any of you attempted to contact Traficant or one of Ďhis peopleí directly to get an answer about why he wears the pin? Iíll get back to you all soon and let you know what I find out. Until then, when youíre speaking of integrity, you might want to consider not back stabbing someone until you have facts in hand.

BLT 1/4 13th MEU 88-92

You do realize you are replying to a post that is over 7 years old, and that most of the replys are from people who no longer post?

Old Marine
12-27-09, 03:41 PM
BY WEARING THAT EMBLEM WHILE HE MAKES AN AZZ OF HIMSELF ON NATIONAL TV, AND BEFORE CONGRESS WITH HIS DUMBSH.T STATEMENTS AND REMARKS HE IS ASSOCIATING HIMSELF WITH THE MARINE CORPS...

AND THAT'S THE IMAGE THAT IS LEFT ON THE DUMB PUBLIC!

I suppose that there is not one former Marine who has stepped on his crank while wearing the EGA. I have seen many step on their crank while wearing the EGA on active duty.

Not a BFG.

RVwolfpack
12-28-09, 01:13 PM
To Ed Palmer No need to waste too much time with you since by your comment I can clearly see you are a partisan. Hopefully you won't follow the Republicans (whom I suspect to be your masters) while believing all the BS, hook line and sinker. (Honestly, the Democrats aren't any better)

To GSE Marine 94 Hopefully this doesnt sound too condescending, but I can read; So yes, I can clearly see the previous posts came from back in 02. The thing is, Traficant is back in the spotlight and the same Q's asked back then are beginning to resurface. I would simply like to find out more about the man aside from the common rhetoric that gets passed around by the corrupt media that many people tend to repeat without giving a thought as to whether or not its the truth.

To Old Marine Kindly clarify Gunny. Are you implying Traficant stepped on his dick? If so, hopefully you can enlighten me.

I have no doubt you have probably done something in your life, that had you been caught, would have landed you in jail. You take the 5th right? Me too.

The key difference is, Traficant was railroaded. COnsidering the governments track record, I have no reason to believe they wouldn't stoop to whatever levels they needed to accomplish what ever they want to, including the falsification or fabrication of evidence. (Don't make me name names of give explicit examples) Since this is the case, and the govt is who the govt is, I believe they wanted Traficant out of the picture for being a thorn in the side of their corruption. For that reason alone, Im interested in what Traficant has to say and will continue to look into it.

I still want to know if he's a Marine and if he has earned the right to wear the EGA. If he has not, then I want to know why he sports it.

zx6rdr
12-28-09, 01:31 PM
Doesnt look like it....

Early life and career
Born into a working-class, Catholic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Catholicism) family in Youngstown, Ohio (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youngstown,_Ohio), Traficant graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardinal_Mooney_High_School) in 1959 and the University of Pittsburgh (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Pittsburgh) in 1963 (where he was a standout in football), was drafted into the NFL at number 276 by the Pittsburgh Steelers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pittsburgh_Steelers) in 1963, and obtained a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and another from Youngstown State University (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youngstown_State_University). He was the executive director of the Mahoning County Drug Program from 1971 to 1981 and Sheriff of Mahoning County from 1981 to 1985. While serving as Sheriff, Traficant made national headlines by refusing to execute foreclosure orders on several unemployed homeowners, many of whom had been left unemployed by the recent closures of steel mills. This endeared him to the local population, which had long derived its wealth from steel and steel-associated businesses.<SUP class=reference id=cite_ref-peykonyt_5-0>[6] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Traficant#cite_note-peykonyt-5)</SUP> In 1983, he was charged with racketeering for accepting bribes. Traficant, who represented himself in the criminal trial, argued that he accepted the bribes only as part of an undercover investigation into corruption. Traficant was acquitted of the charges, becoming the only person ever to win a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racketeer_Influenced_and_Corrupt_Organizations_Act ) (RICO) case while representing himself.

RVwolfpack
12-28-09, 03:04 PM
Hopefully there's someone else reading this thread that has more computer or internet expertise then I do. (I fix things with hammers and technology and I don't always see eye to eye) But all my searches end up with dead ends.

What Im hoping to find is a DIRECT phone number to his office (if he has one) or his home. If I can get it, you can bet I'll be the first one calling to pose the direct question many of us want to know.

Can anyone hook me up?

sparkie
12-28-09, 06:50 PM
Good or bad Politico,,,, He can wear his EGA where the sun don't shine.

Hotel4341
12-29-09, 08:58 AM
Traficant denied he is anti-Semitic, but said that "They [The Zionist extremists in the USA and Israel] control much of the media, they control much of the commerce of the country, and they control powerfully both bodies of the Congress. They own the Congress."

If this isn't a contradictory statement, I don't know what is.