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Before President Bush leaves office, should he pardon former Congressman Jim Traficant?

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Yes 55%
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No 44%
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1206 total votes

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1 valleyred (1100 comments) posted 6 years, 1 month ago

The truth will come out when Traficant is released from jail.... There are tons of people out there close to Traficant that have said Bush offered a pardon, but Jimbo declined it.

If it is true, I think the reason for 'a decline' would be due to Jimbo never admitting to a crime he says he did not do.

Time will tell.

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2 pj (80 comments) posted 6 years, 1 month ago

As a republican of many years,If Bush & Cheney spend time in jail for their corruption, than I saw yes, keep Trafficant in jail.

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3 JeffLebowski (953 comments) posted 6 years, 1 month ago

This ranks high in the pantheon of bizarre Vindy poll questions...clearly the bar has been raised. Perhaps even better are the poll results.

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4 Stan (9923 comments) posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Many have done a lot less time for a lot more crime. A pardon would be good for Jim and his family. This would bring in the new year right! There is no political hay to be made keeping him in jail.

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5 NoBS (2010 comments) posted 6 years, 1 month ago

No Pardons!! Pardons are not favors to be passed out like candy from lame duck politicians. The rampant corruption in this area is the main reason nobody wants to move their business to this area. Trafficant is a billboard for corruption. For his arrogance in the way he conducted himself, he should be in jail for the rest of his life. And he doesn't deserve one penny of any kind of public pension, either.

The courts saw fit to give him a sentence. He should at least be made to fulfill that sentence.

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6 Viewpoint (89 comments) posted 6 years, 1 month ago

He did the crime, now do the time! No pardon!!

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7 Stan (9923 comments) posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Those who champion keeping Jim in prison should remember that JJ Cafaro who bribed him got no time. Justice? Seems a little lop sided to me. Under these circumstances justice would be best served with a pardon.

FALSE EVIDENCE WAS PRESENTED ALSO, CLICK THE LINK AND READ THE FACTS
http://truthilizer.livejournal.com/

13th-Apr-2007 04:30 am - Exculpatory Evidence - Witness Nnamdi J Okolo Pressured to Lie - Sworn Testimony
IN THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT
HOLDEN AT LAGOS, NIGERIA

SWORN AFFIDAVIT OF ANOTHER WITNESS PRESSURED TO LIE IN THE
CASE AGAINST CONGRESSMAN JAMES TRAFICANT OF OHIO

I, NNAMDI J. OKOLO, Male, Christian, Nigeria Citizen, residing [redacted], do hereby declare on Oath and state as follows: -1. That I am the above named person whose passport photograph is attachedherewith.2. That I am former owner of Millennium Luxury Car Rental of Vienna(a),Virginia USA.3. That Congressman Traficant (JT) rented a corvette from Millennium for amonth in late 1999 to use while his regular car was being repaired - again.The corvette was delivered to Rick Detore at USAG offices in Manassas, VAfrom Millennium's satellite location at the Double Tree Hotel in FallsChurch, VA and secured on his (Detore's) credit as a favour to Mr Traficant.I handled the transaction and understood from Mr Detore that the listedadditional driver would use the car and pay upon return of the car(b) .4. That at the time of the rental I did not know who Jim Traficant was. Thecovrvette was our next to cheapest rental. When the car was returned a monthlater, I was not in the office. To close the transaction my receptionist (c)ran the charge against the securing credit card rather than Traficant'scredit card. She [was] reprimanded because the rental forms clearly indicatethat Detore's card was for security only.

6. That the connection between Traficant and Rick Detore arose bcause ofJT's position as ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation,whicli oversees the FAA. Rick Detore was an officer with a small cash poorminority run company developing and developing and deploying airportnavigation aides using laser technology. Traficant was working to help thiscompany USAG, coordinate preparation and funding of a test plan to beexecuted by the FAA's Volpe Test Center in Massachusetts.

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8 sinthor (87 comments) posted 6 years, 1 month ago

The man is no good for y-town! Let him stay in jail.

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9 NoBS (2010 comments) posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Stan, so you're saying that because crooked JJ Cafaro escaped jail time, crooked Jimbo Trafficant should, too? Do two wrongs make a right, then?

We should be upset that Cafaro was able to buy his way out of prison, not that Trafficant actually had to pay for his crimes.

And please don't expect me to believe stuff posted on a site dedicated to the exoneration of Trafficant - I think they might be just a wee bit slanted. Trafficant was a buffoon as the Mahoning County sheriff, culminating in his expressing his desire to "take 50 deputies and surround the FBI Building (in Washington DC) with them" when it because obvious that Trafficant DID accept bribe money from the mob, but he did not pay income tax on that money, which he kept. As a Congressman, he was an embarassment to the entire area. When other Congressmen would stop what they were doing to listen to Trafficant's 2-minute speeches, it wasn't because the man was a genius. It was because he was so far out there that what he said was often hilarious.

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10 Stan (9923 comments) posted 6 years, 1 month ago

MANY HAVE DONE A LOT LESS TIME FOR A LOT MORE CRIME.

JJ Cafaro escaped doing time but Jim has done a lot of time. There is no political hay to be made by keeping Jim in prison. I see no danger to the public from his release. As for the mob Jimmy Prato has been dead a long time and Joey Naples has been executed by his own a while back. What is now left of the mob is mostly history. Gary Van Brocklin our prosecutor from the past who had mob connections is still free and practicing law. I see no danger of Jim having any mob connections if he is left out. Age along with poor health have their grip on his body and it would be a humanitarian gesture to release him on a pardon.

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11 stuckinOH (21 comments) posted 6 years, 1 month ago

I say let him out. What has Tim Ryan done for the valley? NoBS is correct about his floor speeches, does the name Dennis Kucinich ring a bell? NE Ohio is already know for wack-job politicians. Jim has done his time-let him spend the rest of his days at home.

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12 lyndzer (1 comment) posted 6 years, 1 month ago

if wanted to do something good for the Valley he should bail out GM

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13 redvert (2100 comments) posted 6 years, 1 month ago

No, don't bail out GM. Let them go bankrupt and then reorganize and compete in the real world. Bet the union will be more than happy to work with GM then. "Job Bank", paid to do nothing!

Back to Jim, he would turn down any pardon.

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