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House Colleagues Warn Traficant Not to Vote

April 16, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

The House ethics committee warned Ohio Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. "in the strongest possible terms" not to vote on the House floor while lawmakers review his conviction on racketeering and other charges.

In a letter, the committee told the nine-term Democrat he risks action by the full House if he tries to vote.

Traficant was found guilty last week of taking kickbacks from aides and bribes and gifts from businessmen.

Traficant's office had said earlier that he would not return to Congress this week.

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