About 8 years ago, U.S. Representative James Traficant (D-Ohio)
was sentenced to 8 years in jail for kickbacks, fraud, bribery, and racketeering. He was tightly connected with the Youngstown Ohio Mafia. At the time, he was only the second Congressman since the Civil War to be expelled by his peers from the institution in a vote of 420:1. The fascinating story of the Youngstown Mafia - and Traficant's rise and fall - is told by David Grann
(of Lost City of Z
and The New Yorker
) in a 2000 article called "Crimetown, U.S.A."
. Traficant was released from prison on September 2, 2009 to a hometown hero welcome
. On February 23, 2010, Traficant announced
he will running for Congress as an Independent.
posted by stbalbach
on Feb 23, 2010 -
not funny. Man imprissoned for 30 YEARS, known to be innocent by FBI, FBI kept him there b/c if the real perp was caught, dozens of informants would have been revealed. 30 years, gone, makes me sick feeling. There will be more
news on this
soon, I hope
posted by tomplus2
on May 3, 2001 -