Federal Appeals Court Denies Prison Release for Traficant

An appeals court Friday rejected ousted Rep. James A. Traficant Jr.'s request to be released from prison on bail while he appeals his felony convictions.

Traficant, 61, was sentenced to eight years in prison this year for accepting bribes and evading taxes. The nine-term Democrat from Youngstown was expelled from Congress in July.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Traficant failed to show why he should be released while he appeals.

Traficant is campaigning from prison, as an independent, in hopes of regaining his congressional seat in the November general election.