Hagan seeks pardon for Jim Traficant

COLUMBUS — A Youngstown lawmaker is writing a letter to the President seeking the early release of disgraced former U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr.

Democratic Rep. Robert F. Hagan was so outraged by the sentence commutation of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby earlier this week that he’s formally offering the suggestion to President George W. Bush, and is considering introducing a statewide resolution doing the same.

“It would seem to me that a man who has jeopardized the safety and life of a CIA agent, who lied to Congress and lied to a grand jury to protect the president and vice president, should serve some jail time,” Hagan said. “If they’re going to release [Libby], they should release Jim Traficant from prison, as well. Jim Traficant’s crimes paled in comparison to what Libby did on an international scale.”

Traficant, 66, of Poland was sentenced to eight years in prison on July 30, 2002. A jury in U.S. District Court in Cleveland convicted him of racketeering, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion.

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