Trafficant Ousted From House

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On Capitol Hill, the House has expelled Congressman James Trafficant, this is only the second time a sitting member has been banished since the Civil War.

His colleagues voted 420-1 to remove the nine-term democrat for taking kickbacks from employees, encouraging the destruction of evidence, soliciting bribes and other gifts from executives and filing false income tax returns.

A federal jury convicted Trafficant of those offenses in April. Trafficant maintains his innocence, claiming prosecutors coerced witnesses to lie in order to convict him.