Young sidesteps Traficant expulsion

Posted: Friday, July 26, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Congressman Don Young was one of nine members of Congress to cast a neutral vote Wednesday on the ouster of Representative James Traficant from Congress.

The House voted 420 to 1 Wednesday night to expel Traficant. The Ohio Democrat was convicted of bribery, racketeering and tax evasion in April. The House ethics committee recommended last week that he be removed from office.

Only Rep. Gary Condit, D-Calif., voted against expulsion.

Young did not cast a yes or no vote on Traficant's expulsion. Rather he only registered himself as present during the vote.

Spokeswoman Amy Inaba said Young believes the people of Ohio's 17th District are the ones that should pass judgment on Traficant.

Prior to the final vote, Rep. Steve LaTourette, R-Ohio, made a motion to postpone the vote. LaTourette said he was troubled by testimony presented to the House by a juror from Traficant's trial. He asked for more time to consider the matter.

Young voted to postpone, but the House rejected the idea, 285-146.

Traficant, 61, was known for his flashy clothes, wild hair and arm-waving theatrical rants during his 18 years on the House floor.

Traficant faces sentencing Tuesday for his federal jury conviction on 10 counts of bribery, racketeering and tax evasion. Prosecutors want him taken into custody at sentencing and for him to serve 7 1/4 years in prison. He is expected to appeal.

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