Is that a hairpiece, or a dead coonskin of Trafficants Head?

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  1. GeraldoRivera Registered Member

    Is that a hairpiece, or a dead coonskin of Traficants Head?

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    Traficant clings to government conspiracy defense as he wraps up ethics case

    By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press Writer July 18, 2002

    WASHINGTON - Confrontational to the end, Rep. James Traficant on Wednesday accused House ethics panel lawyers of lying, the federal government of a vendetta and the jury that convicted him of not liking him because of his attitude.
    "I've been railroaded once and I'll be (expletive) if I'll be railroaded again," Traficant shouted over the pounding gavel of House Ethics Chairman Joel Hefley, who tried futilely to get the flamboyant Ohio Democrat to calm down.

    Traficant, convicted in April by a federal jury of bribery, tax evasion and racketeering, concluded his defense against House ethics violations with rants against people he accused of aligning themselves against him.

    He complained bitterly to the eight-member panel about an FBI vendetta. "You're looking at the No. 1 target of the Justice Department, and I hate those (expletive), and I think that America's starting to hate them too," Traficant said.

    Lawmakers are deciding whether Traficant is guilty of accusations that he engaged in a "continuing pattern and practice of official misconduct" connected to the charges that he was found guilty of after a nine-week trial in Cleveland.

    The panel will announce Thursday morning whether they have made a decision or need more time to deliberate, Hefley said.

    Traficant, who has been abrasive to committee lawyers and panel members throughout the hearing, has indicated he expects to be found guilty again.

    "God almighty here. What happened to me in Cleveland is what's happening to me here," Traficant shouted. "I infuriated a jury that convicted me over my attitude without a damn bit of evidence."

    Prosecutors have recommended he serve at least 7-1/4 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for July 30.

    Traficant, who is not a lawyer, defended himself both in court and before his peers against charges that he took kickbacks from employees, encouraged the destruction of evidence, solicited bribes and other gifts from businessmen and filed false income tax returns.

    The 61-year-old Traficant insisted that all of the witnesses in the criminal trial lied and were forced to do so under threat of reprisal by the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service.

    "The prosecutors said they never threatened the witnesses? That's (expletive)," Traficant said.

    The nine-term lawmaker has complained about a government vendetta since he beat the FBI in a bribery case in 1983, also while defending himself. Traficant, who was a county sheriff at the time, used the victory to propel himself to Congress in 1984.

    Committee lawyer Paul Lewis, in his closing statement, urged House members to use their common sense and find Traficant guilty.

    He called Traficant's actions "repeated, ongoing, knowing and deliberate."

    Lewis enraged Traficant when he began talking about the witness testimony in the trial. Traficant began to object.

    "This is not a time for objections, Mr. Traficant," Hefley said, pounding with his gavel.

    "I'm going to object, whether it's committee rules or not," said Traficant. He got out of his chair and stalked angrily toward the committee's lawyers.

    "I will not have him lie here!" Traficant shouted.

    Hefley, R-Colo., finally calmed Traficant down by threatening to take the hearing behind closed doors. "Would you like the hearing closed?" he asked.

    "No, not really," Traficant said.

    "So, sit down and let Mr. Lewis complete his testimony," Hefley said.

    If the committee finds that he violated House rules, lawmakers would decide at a separate hearing whether to recommend that Traficant become the second congressman since the Civil War to be expelled from Congress.

    Traficant said he plans on dressing in a denim suit and doing a "Michael Jackson moonwalk" on the House floor when it comes time to defend himself in front of the full 435-member House.
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  3. GeraldoRivera Registered Member

    Here's another one who may soon face the Halls Of Justice:

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    15th Congressional District of Nwe York.

    Yep, old Charlie is just about as crooked as Traficant ever was-perhaps a bit more slippery.

    Charlie was around to vote for the impeachment of Nixon, did you know that? This guy stinks to the high heavens with corruption.

    Your time is coming, Charles. Better get all that under table money into the Swiss Bank soon_and don't get drunk before going in front of a congressional hearing! <font color="aquafusca"><font size="2"><b><i>
    -The Notorious</font colr></font size></b></i>
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  5. GeraldoRivera Registered Member

    And let's not forget about this JOKER:

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    The only way to Characterize Joe is say say that he is yet another fading, but once strong arm of the dirty dems.

    I most strongly recall his expressive attempts to have Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas humiliated and banned outright. Biden was so sure that he would get his way that he basically showed his ass and actually threatened other senators at the confirmation hearings of Thomas.

    In the end, all Biden & the other dem counsel of apes (planet of the apes) could do was to try to get the major media networks to report scandelous sound bites. Funny how the medis seemed to cooperate???? again...

    You know, I always thought Biden would eventually have the brass to run for president. <img src=""> Biden in Afganistan
    ..but I think that he is beginning to realize that the stink that he has made, over the years, may catch up with him.
    <font color="aquafusca"><font size="2">-Very Notorious & Mob like</font color></font size>
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  7. GeraldoRivera Registered Member

    But let's knot a thread without mentioning the Dirtiest Dick of All:

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    If you haven't kept up with Gephart....then you just don't know Dick.

    It was Dick & friends, that started the whole "reply to the President," in the mid-eighties. For some reason, Dick decided that the other party should have the right to come on after a presidential address & negatively campaign against him!

    Ol' Dick has had a lot of tricks up his sleeves over the years! His biggest trick will be to actually convince the people of the United States that he hasn't got any skeletons in his closet.
    Poor Dumb Dick!
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  8. goofyfish Analog By Birth, Digital By Design Valued Senior Member

    Has anyone esle been watching the Traficant trial or house ethics meetings? Who says government can't be fun!

    Of the lawyers on the panel he said "you better check who put what in your food this morning, I think you're all dillusional... if you try this again I will walk right over there and kick you in the crotch!"

    He's killin' me!

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  9. Joeman Eviiiiiiiil Clown Registered Senior Member

    Traficant is always a true maverick and a weirdo. He doesn't vote alone the party line. He is funny as hell.
  10. lixluke Refined Reinvention Valued Senior Member


    hi geraldo rivera!
  11. GeraldoRivera Registered Member

    Dirty DEMS, done dirt Cheap

    :bugeye: :bugeye: :bugeye: :bugeye:
  12. goofyfish Analog By Birth, Digital By Design Valued Senior Member

    He's Out.

    He was convicted by a jury of his peers. If they didn't boot him, it would have sucked. But, the entire process might not have happened had it not been for his non-conformist attitude.

    It is interesting to note that there was only one for Traficant.
    This whole issue has a bit of a smell to it, in my opinion. We've got people now saying that the witnesses were pressured into their testimony. And the house seemed too anxious to get rid of this guy. There was even a motion to suspend the vote due to the highly politicized environment, and they elected to ram it through now.

    Kinda reminds me of when they vote on their pay raises, which they are going to do soon.


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