September 2nd, 2009
11:51 AM ET
7 years ago

Traficant released from prison

ROCHESTER, Minnesota (CNN) - Former Rep. James Traficant was released from federal prison Wednesday.

CNN affiliates KTTC and KAAL report that Traficant - sporting knee socks, shorts and a t-shirt, with his hair pulled back in a ponytail - left the Federal Medical Center prison facility in Rochester, Minnesota Wednesday morning in a cab.

Despite earlier reports that the nine-term Democratic congressman was headed for the local Greyhound station, the morning bus headed for his hometown area of Youngstown, Ohio left without him on board, and his name did not appear on the manifest.

Traficant served just over seven years in federal prison for charges that included obstruction of justice, tax evasion and bribery.

–CNN All Platform Journalist Chris Welch contributed to this story

(updated 12:30 pm with new information)

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soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. phoenix86

    Meet Obama's new Prison Czar.

    September 2, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. wauhoo

    Run, Jim, run....for your old seat. The liberty movement needs you.

    September 2, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. Bill

    This has got to be the goofiest looking guy I've seen in awhile.

    September 2, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Chris

    Maybe Rangel should give him a call...He might need a few pointers from someone who has already been "inside".

    September 2, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Reagan was wrong

    Yes, one Democrat getting convicted of a felony means that all liberals are felons.Using this logic, I must assume that all Republicans have slippery feet in bathroom stalls.

    Seriously people, there's jerks on both sides of the aisle.

    September 2, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. victim of republican greed

    When will republican Tom 'Twinkle Toes' DeLay serve his time in the slammer?

    September 2, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Hopefully,Rush will soon takes his place and keep his cot and his cellmate happy.

    September 2, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Dave

    he's going back to Youngtown where they'll elect him back to congress.

    September 2, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    I don't know about his timing. Are there any cabinet posts still open?

    September 2, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Jay

    I see their are several Republicans idiots replying. Lets not starting pointing fingers because there are many felons in the Republican party who haven't been caught yet. Key word is YET!

    September 2, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. Connie

    I love this guy, I am glad he is out. We need a fighter like him. He did his time for his crime and now he can start over.

    September 2, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Ron

    Tomorrow Pres. Obama will appoint him to a position in the administration. He will get along swimmingly with all of the other tax evaders running our country.

    September 2, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. Dave, Central Illinois

    Does anybody notice that a not-so-flattering story about a Republican always includes "Republican" in the title, yet a story about a Democrat does not? CNN, at least try to hide your bias!

    September 2, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Scott W.

    Is that a tribble on his head?

    September 2, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. Ron

    Do you have his hair stylist's phone number?

    September 2, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. Kevin

    I thought I smelled something....

    September 2, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Kevin

    If Traficant was a "Democrat", Joe McCarthy was a Communist!

    September 2, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. Rumsfeld

    Now that there is an opening in this federal prison, Ensign, Sanford or Cheney will have a place to stay. Who's first in line??

    September 2, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Nat

    "I'm not only the president, I'm also a client". Sorry, too easy! On a serious note, for a party that loves to tax and spend, they sure do know how to avoid spending on their own taxes! Sure there are idiots on both sides of the aisle, but when it comes to tax evasion, Democrats are in a league of their own.

    September 2, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. jeff jackson, alabama

    Just thought I'd give a few of you out there a little
    update. Now here this................
    Find a hobby .....or maybe even a job !!!

    September 2, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Ted

    This guy was a democrat, but I bet he is actually a closet republican.

    When will Bush and Cheney be subpoenaed for war crimes trials in The Hague?

    September 2, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. mike

    Hey, you changed pictures! This bozo and ol' boy Blago must have the same hair dresser.

    September 2, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. dave

    amazing how no one seems to have any context on who jim traficant is.

    beam me up.

    i yield back any common sense i have left after reading your comments.

    September 2, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - I can't find any place to bet on dog fights anymore!

    He can reopen the Bad Newz Kennels.

    September 2, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  25. Steph

    For the people ranting about Democratic crooks, take a break from your scary partisan rants please. There are unethical crooks, cheats and liars on both sides. I live in Illinois, and we've got George Ryan and Blago. Two different parties, same illegal dealings.

    September 2, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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