I have a better idea, Bertram ... let's say that Traficant was the victim of a very focused conspiracy by the ruthlessly ambitious Craig Morford (who was promoted to DC but then quickly dumped after Convertino's acquittal in Detroit).
Let's say that Morford enticed/coerced J.J. Cafaro into 'confessing' a 'bribe' that was never witnessed or documented in any way ... in exchange for 1) J.J. never doing 18-24 months in jail for his previously confessed perjury, 2) Morford not prosecuting Capri Cafaro for the tax fraud whistle-blown (with evidence) by Richard Detore, and 3) Morford not prosecuting J.J. Cafaro for the Torricelli money-scrubbing also whistle-blown (with evidence) by Detore.
In case anyone has forgotten the ugly details, you can view them parked here: http://www.eToys-Bankruptcy-Fraud.inf... ... and here http://www.eToys-Bankruptcy-Fraud.inf...
By the way, J.J. and Tony Cafaro were sanctioned for lying to the Fairfax VA court (in re: Detore) by the same judge who later managed the DC sniper case.
Can one really say that Traficant is a really a bigger disgrace to Youngstown than the Cafaro 'crime family?'
January 5, 2009 at 7:38 p.m.
Ha, ha, ha! ... Youngstown officials overspent by $18 million when building the Chevrolet Center!!
Shouldn't there be a party to "repudiate" Y'town's incompetent local government instead of the Congressman?
By the way, the evidence-free 'bribes' that Traficant was alleged to have taken were:
1) ... a chump change $13,000 from J.J. Cafaro (who in exchange for giving his solemn 'word' about bribing Traficant, conveniently avoided serving 18-24 month in stir for his previous Strollo mob-related perjury).
Traficant must have been a sucker and a real 'cheap date' for the billionaire Cafaro family, which was at that time positioning to run Capri Cafaro for JT's seat in Congress.
2) ... a year+ of $2,500 per-month kick-backs from Atty R. Allen Sinclair, when Sinclair's take-home was only $3,150.
A Youngstown lawyer who would commit a federal felony for $650 per month? It could happen. But did it really?
Questions for Sinclair:
1) Are you ready for the publication of your other (uninvestigated) bank accounts? 2) What is the statute of limitations for witness perjury in a federal felony case?
December 21, 2008 at 8:02 p.m.
Words to fear, really.
Literally, "To whom you give a finger, grabs also the arm." ... meaning, "If you give them an inch, they'll take a mile."
December 18, 2008 at 11:11 p.m.
In re: "The Mob" ... A chi dai il dito si prende anche il braccio.
December 17, 2008 at 4:33 p.m.
LET'S RECAPITULATE THE TRAFICANT CASE=====================================
There was no wiretap or physical evidence whatsoever in the Traficant case. The DOJ removed its severest Congressional critic by means of entirely hearsay testimony from Youngstown witnesses who had legal jeopardy for other acts.
In consideration for their entirely hearsay, unsubstantiated petty-cash bribery testimony:
1) J.J. Cafaro did NOT serve his 18-24 month prison sentence for a previous mob-related perjury conviction;
2) Capri Cafaro was NEVER investigated for the tax fraud and Torricelli money-scrubbing that were whistle blown to federal prosecutors by Richard Detore -- a Cafaro Company employee who remains a patent-holding test pilot with a Top Secret federal security clearance.
3) Allen Sinclair's other bank accounts -- discovered by former Secret Service Agent Mike Robertson -- were never investigated.
The Justice Department declined to investigate sworn allegations of witness tampering, despite a public request from then Congressman (now Ohio Governor) Ted Strickland.http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,5...
TRAFICANT/CONVERTINO-SLAYER, PROSECUTOR CRAIG MORFORD
In late-2007 Morford became a national celebrity when the President appointed him Acting Deputy Attorney General -- the #2 man who runs the DOJ on a day-to-day basis.
Shortly thereafter all members of the US House and Senate received faxed documents about the Traficant case, including sworn accusations of Morford's witness tampering -- attempting to coerce Detore to lie about Traficant. http://www.etoys-bankruptcy-fraud.inf...
(N.B. that Morford had LOST his case against Detore, and that the Cafaro brothers were sanctioned by the judge for lying to the Court in Fairfax County, VA.)
In November, the Morford-initiated prosecution of another DOJ critic, Richard Convertino, failed. (In fact, the jury gave Convertino an 'Attaboy' for his original terrorism prosecutions.)
In December, Congress held a rush pre-Xmas committee meeting to endorse AG Michael Mukasey's choice of judge/law professor Mark Filip to replace Morford.
Morford quietly left the DOJ in early 2008, without being interrogated by the Senate about the sworn C-SPAN testimony of his prosecutorial misconduct in the Traficant case. http://www.etoys-bankruptcy-fraud.inf...
(Senate investigation/confirmation would have been required for permanent appointment of Morford as the Deputy AG).
December 15, 2008 at 11:18 a.m.
In re: Attorney David Betras, who yesterday called Traficant a "crazy man." http://www.vindy.com/weblogs/stirfry/...
I recall Betras publicly endorsing the testimony of Attorney Allen Sinclair, who claimed that he kicked back $2500 cash of his $3150 monthly take-home salary to Traficant.
If Sinclair worked half-time for Traficant, his rate for legal work was only $8 per hour.
Youngstown attorneys sure do work cheap!
But Sinclair apparently had additional bank accounts -- uncovered by Secret Service Agent Mike Robertson -- where that $2500 cash might REALLY have gone.
DOJ never investigated those accounts, just as DOJ never investigated Detore's solid evidence of Cafaro Company tax fraud.
The "Swift Boat"-caliber book about Traficant/Cafaro is waiting to be written.
(You'll recall that John Kerry never accepted the Swift Boat Vets' invitation to sue them for slander, which would have allowed legal 'discovery' of his military records.)
While Traficant appeals have been rejected, there is no statute of limitations on any perjury in the Traficant case, because it constitutes a "fraud upon the court."
Even if Youngstown has to wait until Sep 2009 for Traficant to return, there will be plenty to talk about for a long time to come ... and it's neither "crazy" nor is it "channeling Elvis" ... it's about Cafaro/Sinclair/Lange perjury and criminal prosecutorial misconduct within the DOJ.
December 15, 2008 at 10:54 a.m.
QUESTION: Why did the Vindicator release a national news story stating as a fact that Traficant was coming to the CCA half-way house on March 9?
THE DATA: CCA CEO Richard Billak told reporter Meade that there had been an inquiry about the possibility of Traficant's return ... apparently the Vindicator jumped to the conclusion that it was a done deal, without ascertaining whether Traficant would accept such an offer for supervised early-release.
"JUST SAY NO!" There are several obvious reasons why Traficant might refuse voluntary half-way house release:
1) The Vindicator cannot control itself from taking obnoxious cheapshots at Traficant. E.g., yesterday Atty David Betras called him a "crazy man" and Bertram de Souza suggested that Traficant was "channeling Elvis." http://www.vindy.com/weblogs/stirfry/...
This would only get worse if Traficant were in the Youngstown half-way house.
2) Half-way house CEO Richard Billak made what Traficant considered material misrepresentations during the 2002 trial: http://ethics.house.gov/Investigation...
3) Traficant is today in a secured Mayo-Clinic area medical facility capable of monitoring his heart -- where a false drug/alcohol test result is an impossibility.
At Richard Billak's Youngstown CCA facility, the there would be the possibility of tampering with such a test result, which would create a nationwide scandal and send the Congressman back to prison.
Why would Traficant expose himself to that possibility?
December 15, 2008 at 10:29 a.m.
Make that "Billak" instead of "Billik", of course ... I'm typing on someone else's lousy laptop!
December 13, 2008 at 9:13 p.m.
Atty David Betras says that only a "crazy man like Traficant" would reject an offer to leave prison early.
WRONG. Atty Betras is "crazy" to think that Traficant would casually accept the DOJ's invitation to be early-release supervised in Youngstown by Richard Billik, a man who Traficant considers to have made material misrepresentations at his 2002 trial.
Here's a link to Billik's March 4/5, 2002 trial testimony: http://ethics.house.gov/Investigation...
Were Traficant under Billik's supervision, any falsified daily drug/alcohol test result would become a national news story, and would send Traficant back to prison.
Considering Billik's trial testimony, Traficant would have to be "crazy" to give Billik that kind of power over his life.
December 13, 2008 at 9:07 p.m.
Too late ... Patty Meade's FALSE story that "Jimbo's Coming Home" has already been picked up nationwide by various news agencies, including the UPI!http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/12/0...
Here's what the Vindy FALSELY reported: "On March 9, ex-congressman James A. Traficant Jr., called Jimbo by friends and foes alike, will report to Community Corrections Association, a halfway facility on Market Street."http://www.vindy.com/news/2008/dec/09...
The Vindicator now will now have egg on its face as its story is retracted nationwide.
Inquiring minds want to know: Did Mr. Billik tell Ms. Meade that Traficant was coming to CCA?
Or did Ms. Meade leap to the FALSE conclusion that she made into a nationwide story, merely because Billik said he had been contacted about the possibility of housing Traficant?
Either way, the Vindicator's editors deserve a public spanking for failing to properly source this news major story!
December 13, 2008 at 8:38 p.m.