Ex-Congressman Convicted of Corruption is Felled At Family Farm

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Former Rep. Jim Traficant (D-Ohio), who served prison time and was expelled from the House for corruption, is in "very critical condition" after  he was pinned underneath his 71-year-old tractor at his family farm.

Traficant's wife, Tish, told the Youngstown Vindicator that he was sedated and "not doing well" following the accident Tuesday night. Traficant is 73.

The newspaper quoted police chief Steve McDaniel of Goshen as saying Traficant was driving a 1943 Ford tractor when it struck a steel blade on the ground and flipped over, pinning him underneath.

After serving nine terms in the House, Traficant was convicted in 2002 on 10 felony counts of bribery, racketeering and other charges. When he refused to resign, his fellow lawmakers voted to remove him from office.

Undeterred, Traficant ran while serving in prison to reclaim his seat in 2002 and again in 2010 after his release. He lost both times.

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