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Ernest Hancock: Jim Traficant -- 02-21-11 4of8

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http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/084293-2011-02-21-jim-traficant-stop-the-pending-implosion-of-the-united-states.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Traficant http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Article/083976-2011-02-16-stop-the-pending-implosion-of-the-united-states.htm http://www.fourwinds10.com/siterun_data/peace_freedom/patriots_and_protesters/news.php?q=1240607530 Jim Traficant - STOP THE PENDING IMPLOSION OF THE UNITED STATES Tuesday February 22nd, 2011 6:00pm dinner 6:30--8:30pm Jim Traficant's presentation HomeTown Buffet 1312 N Scottsdale Road 1 blk South of McDowell on the west side of Scottsdale Rd. Cost: $50 (cash only, pay at the door) Includes meal, beverage, tax & tip and Jim's expenses ($11 of each $50 goes to the restaurant and the balance goes to Jim) RSVP: 307--529--1193 Traficant graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School in 1959 and the University of Pittsburgh in 1963. He was then drafted into the NFL in the twentieth round (276th overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1963. Following a brief football career, he obtained a master's degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and from Youngstown State University. Eight years later, he became the executive director of the Mahoning County Drug Program from 1971-1981 and then the Sheriff of Mahoning County from 1981-1985. While serving as Sheriff, Traficant made national headlines by refusing to execute foreclosure orders on unemployed homeowners, who were left unemployed by the recent steel mill closings. This would not only endear him to the local population, but lay the groundwork for his future re-elections. In 1983, he was charged with racketeering for accepting bribes. Traficant then represented himself in the criminal trial by arguing that he accepted the bribes as part of an undercover investigation into corruption. He was later acquitted of the charges, and made national headlines again for becoming the only person in legal history to win a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) case while representing himself. This spearheaded his persistent popularity in the 17th District, as he would be elected in 1985, and re-elected eight times until 2002. However, In 2002 he was again accused, and later convicted, of bribery following a 2-month trial and sentenced to 7 years in federal prison. He was later expelled from US Congress on July 24, 2002. Four of the seven witnesses who testified against him have now recanted claiming they were pressured. He is the originator of a bill to bring 10,000 troops home to guard our borders against illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking.