Traficant Released From Prison After Seven Years

Posted September 2, 2009 at 11:18am

Ex-Rep. James Traficant (D-Ohio) was released from federal prison Wednesday morning after completing a more than seven-year sentence for his 2002 corruption conviction, the Associated Press reported.

Traficant did not answer reporters’ questions as he exited the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minn., the AP reported.

Traficant was convicted in April 2002 on 11 corruption counts, including forcing his Congressional staff to kick back a portion of their paychecks in cash and providing political assistance to contractors in exchange for gifts and free labor at his home and on his houseboat. Though Traficant was not an attorney, he served as his own defense counsel during the trial.

After his conviction, Traficant was expelled from the House.