Traficant’s Finest Hour: He Beats Fed Conspiracies
By Jim Traficant
Recent national stories have highlighted U.S. attorneys and their abuse of power. The criticism is beginning to grow from all areas of America. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has countered that they’ve “only” had 201 identified cases of prosecutorial misconduct in the last 10 years. These bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. maintain that an average of 20 per year is an insignificant number when you consider the number of cases they handle. The DOJ claims to have prosecuted over 60,000 cases per year, arguing that, in most cases, attorney “error” is most likely the culprit, not “misconduct.”
Here are two cases to digest; decide for yourself. The first is that of John Demjanjuk, the retired auto worker from Cleveland, Ohio who the DOJ charged with mass murder, claiming he “operated the gas chambers” at the Treblinka Concentration Camp in Poland during World War II.
DOJ prosecutors claimed that Demjanjuk was, in fact, the infamous “Ivan the Terrible.” Demjanjuk’s citizenship was stripped away. He was then extradited to Israel to “stand trial for his crimes.” The family came to me for help, reluctantly, knowing that I was not a DOJ favorite. They had been to “every congressional office and every senator’s office.” Nobody would talk to them. The son, John Demjanjuk Jr., and son-in-law, Ed Nishnic, claimed to have favorable evidence that supported John Sr.’s innocence. So, I investigated.
An area newspaper wrote “Traficant supports Nazi mass murderer.” Other politicians, at all levels, said I was crazy. Demjanjuk was tried, convicted and sentenced to death. But my investigation proved that Demjanjuk was innocent. To boot, I even proved the true identity of “Ivan the Terrible,” a man named Ivan Marchenko. So his first name was Ivan. Go figure.
The DOJ denied my evidence. The 6th Circuit Court refused my evidence. The evidence was delivered to the Israeli Supreme Court. After reviewing the evidence, the Israeli Supreme Court phoned me at my hotel in Jerusalem and said, “Demjanjuk will be delivered
to you tomorrow night; take him home.”
All my evidence came from the DOJ. They knew he wasn’t “Ivan,” but they would have let him be executed. When we landed in America, the 6th Circuit of Cincinnati, Ohio issued a statement: “A tragic, but, honest mistake by the government.”
Tragic, yes. Honest, no. Office of Special Investigations prosecutors should’ve been prosecuted for their serious crimes: subornation of perjury, obstruction of justice, violation of Demjanjuk’s civil rights, conspiracy and complicity in attempted murder.
Ah, but Demjanjuk was just a Ukrainian guy from Cleveland. Well, when you violate the rights of one American, you endanger the rights of all. The second case I know in and out—because it was mine. The DOJ spent more than $15 million and assigned 250 agents to investigate me over six years— and our country was attacked and more than 3,500 people were killed on Sept. 11, 2001 during that time.
At trial, the DOJ admitted they “had no physical evidence.” They even testified that they didn’t even have a tape recording of my voice because they “didn’t tape” it.
If you believe that, you’re either naÔve or uneducated. Former Secret Service Agent Mike Robertson said, “The government made tapes. They probably had boxes of tapes. They said they had no tapes because they had no evidence of crimes by Traficant, and Traficant could’ve used their own tapes to prove his innocence. Traficant was railroaded.”
Seven witnesses said they bribed me. Two men, Richard Detore and Namdi Okolo, stated the government “pressured” them to lie. Four other witnesses testified that government witnesses confided in them that they “lied to avoid prison.”
The judge made those four witnesses testify in open court, subject to perjury charges, but “excused” the jury and never let it hear their evidence. Not one was charged with perjury.
They could snatch me tomorrow and send me back to prison for saying this, but the judge and the government knowingly broke the law to convict me.
One last thing: The former clerk for Chief Judge Lambros, attorney Percy Squires, testified that John Cafaro lied. The judge made his testimony look “controversial.”
Now that Americans are recognizing the “crimes” committed by government attorneys, the DOJ is harping. Do I hear violins? Get back at me!
James A. (Jim) Traficant, Jr. was born in Youngstown, Ohio on May 8, 1941. He received BS and MS degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. He also received an MS from Youngstown State University in 1976. From 1981-1985 he served as sheriff of Mahoning County, prior to his election to the U.S. Congress in 1984. He was re-elected by overwhelming margins every year up until 2002 when, following his conviction on trumped up corruption charges, he was expelled from the House of Representatives. Listen to Jim’s Saturday radio program from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time on WTAM 1100 in Cleveland, Ohio. You can also view it on WTAM.com. Click on the web cam button.
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(Issue # 42, October 18, 2010)