September 2nd, 2009
11:51 AM ET
11 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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  1. Brett from Oriskany,VA

    It certainly doesn't matter what party they belong to, does it? Traficant,Spitzer,Sanford,Palin, they are all crooks and hypocrites. This is what happens when corporate monies elect congressmen, rather than the people. It's high time America started taking their government back from the corporations.

    September 2, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. makesUwonder

    Will Rangel get his cell?

    September 2, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Doug, New Jersey

    Notice that the liberals here are lying again and saying that he is a republican. Almost every Democrat believes that they can re-write history and change the facts to be anything they'd like. That's what type of vile people they are.

    James Anthony Traficant, Jr. was a Democratic Representative in Congress from Ohio (1985 to 2002), yet all the Democrats here are saying he isn't a Democrat and that he is a Republican. They said the same about Blago. CNN knows their fellow libs will spew this lie, that is why they leave out mentioning the crook is a Democrat.

    Keep this in mind whenever the Democrat says something. Health Care, equality, the economy, it really doesn't matter the subject, if you find out that the person typing or speaking is a Democrat, what they are telling you is a lie 100% of the time. Remember how Micheal Phelps felt when he won that relay race in Bejing? That is how every Democrat in America feels when they tell their lies, this is the type of person they are, dishonesty is their true religion.

    September 2, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Dont blame me

    A few of those TAX doggers in Obama's cabinet should have been in prison with him.

    September 2, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Make our Day

    Cheney here is the empty cubical for you /the door will have
    such a beautifull sound as it closes behind you.

    We will be real happy for you being in there as well .

    September 2, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. Jeff from Youngstown

    Welcome home Jim!

    September 2, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. kaleto

    ALL politicians are crooks. Only a few ever get caught.

    Two laws we desperately need in this country: 1. A person convicted of a felony while in office immediately loses the seat and can NEVER be elected to ANY office again; and 2. TERM LIMITS FOR CONGRESS!!!

    September 2, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. Alex

    all politicians, both parties do it. he just got caught. his only mistake was in being careless.

    September 2, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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