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Will Traficant be taking the bus home?

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published August 23, 2009

There is talk, confirmed by at least one person close to James A. Traficant Jr., that the former congressman-turned-federal inmate wants to take the bus home when he is released from federal prison on Sept. 2.  Traficant reportedly has told members of his family that he doesn’t want them to pick him up when he walks out of lock-up after seven-plus years.

Traficant has been in the federal penitentiary — a medical facility — in Rochester, Minn., and it is quite possible that officials of the Federal Bureau of Prisons will send him to a facility closer to the Mahoning Valley a week before his release date. The reason: To avoid a media circus at the gates of the Rochester facility.

Of course, this is all speculation because the bureau of prisons will not provide any details about the Mahoning Valley’s infamous citizen.

The Traficant of old would have made it a point to get as much local, state and national press coverage of his release and would have issued a warning to federal officials that he won’t rest until he clears his name. He was found guilty of 10 federal criminal charges, including racketeering, bribery and tax evasion., But, he could be a changed man after so much time away from the people who see him as a folk hero.


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

JJ Cafaro who had bribed Jim Traficant has spent no prison time . The moral of this saga seems to be that it is a crime to take a bribe but not to give a bribe . Jim being in prison hasn't changed JJ Cafaro a bit .

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2Woody(491 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Except, JJ Cafaro admitted his wrong doing and copped a plea.

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3steelerman09(111 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

He doesn't want anyone to pick him up, so he can go straight from the bus station to the biggest Booze-fest this side of the Mississippi! He will get HAMMERED!!!

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4captainlinger(663 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

maybe, true to his name, he can't deal with the traffic (trafic--cant)!

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5redvert(2238 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

steelerman09, now you are sure that he is going to attend the party right?

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6captainlinger(663 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

do you think he'll be afraid to use a "cell" phone on the bus, in case he gets a flashback?

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7steelerman09(111 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

redvert, breaking news...they just cancelled the party because the area thought it would be bad publicity, just like the Scrappers did on the "Welcome Home Jimbo" promotion night!

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8EliotNess_DC(86 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

There was never any evidence whatsoever that J.J. Cafaro bribed Traficant. Not a shred.

We have only J.J.'s 'word' for it ... after he received a "Get Out Of Jail Free" card for his whistle-blown tax fraud, Torricelli money-laundering, and mob-related perjury/bribery conviction.


The Feds alleged that Traficant TOOK cash but they never asserted that he ever SPENT any of it, despite years of investigation of his and his family's finances.

So if Traficant was corrupt, then the joke is on him because there is a Scrooge McDuck-sized stash of cash somewhere on his farm -- that he can never spend!

Youngstown's problem is the Cafaro Family, not Traficant.

As for the bus ride ... how very 'Traficant.'

As for being a 'changed' man ... that's not my impression from personal correspondence and relayed phone calls.

I reckon that prison will have changed him just like military service changed us during the Vietnam war.

Yeah, you're different when you get back out into the civilian world. But you're tougher. Much, much tougher.

The Press has forgotten that Traficant was sent to DC on a 'reform' platform.

And he has never been more relevant than in this new 'tea-party' era of American politics.

If he wants publicity to clear his name -- and more importantly to effect justice for whistle-blower Detore and rental-car company owner Okolo -- then Traficant has only to produce a video, a website, and a book ... and run as a Republican against Nancy Pelosi's pet, Tim Ryan.

The 1200 people who bought tickets for the Appreciation Dinner won't be going there to applaud Traficant's delivery of Congressional 'pork' to Youngstown.

They'll be there cheering Traficant for the same reason that people are shouting down arrogant Congressmen at 'townhell' meetings nationwide.

They'll be voting with their feet for the protection of their liberties ... and Jim Traficant was nothing if not a defender of the citizens against abusive, centralized government.

"People should not be afraid of the Government," he used to say. "The Government should be afraid of the People!"

JT was ahead of his time, but his time may have finally arrived.

He'll have a nationwide audience of engaged citizens who now know who Craig Morford is, just as Ohioans know who Capri Cafaro is.

What the public and the Press don't know is that Morford lost his cases against Detore and Convertino, and that Capri bankrupted her father's unregistered shell company in Virginia, and that Allen Sinclair had undisclosed bank accounts.

If Traficant wants to push back against the DOJ -- who he humiliated in court during the 80's and in Israel during the 90's -- then the fun has only just begun.

Or he may retire and cultivate his garden.

We'll find out sooner rather than later since today, Tue 25 Aug 2009, is T-Day minus 8.

See you at the party.

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9rocky14(830 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Jimbo want's to clear his name?
Jimbo took over $100,000 from the mob.When he got caught,he said he just wanted to get it off the street.HA HA

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