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Traficant Pleads Not Guilty in Bribery Case

November 11, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. (D-Ohio) pleaded not guilty to a revised list of bribery and racketeering charges in an arraignment in Cleveland, and he hinted that he may seek to delay his February trial to have more time to prepare his defense.

Traficant, who is not an attorney, is representing himself in the case.

He is facing 10 charges of accepting cash and services in exchange for helping local companies do business with the government.

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