Aug 30, 1984: Then-Congressman Lyle Williams, right, a Republican anomaly in the heavily Democratic 17th District, shakes the hand of the opponent who would finally oust him from a three-term run in the U.S. House, James A. Traficant Jr. Traficant, then-Mahoning County sheriff, went on to serve 17 years in the House himself before being sent to prison in 2002 for eight years for racketeering, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion.
Traficant, 60 at the time, who was convicted of racketeering, bribery, kickbacks and fraud is scheduled to face his Capitol Hill colleagues July 15, 2002 who will determine if he becomes the second congressman since the Civil War to be forcibly removed from office.
Congressman James A. Traficant leaves the federal courthouse in Cleveland following the reading of his verdict. Guilty on all 10 counts was the decision made by the 12 jurors after a ten week trail and 24 hours of deliberation.
Rep. James Traficant, D-Ohio, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, July 15, 2002 before the House Ethics Committee. Traficant on Monday told a House ethics panel considering whether he should be expelled from the House that the Justice Department has targeted him for years and forced a jury to convict him of fraud, bribery and tax evasion.