Ed Driscoll

BEAM ME UP: James Traficant

BEAM ME UP: James Traficant was convicted of taking bribes in an Ohio trial. The Washington Post says:

The nine-term Democrat faced up to 63 years in prison if convicted of all 10 charges he faced, though he would probably receive a much shorter term under federal guidelines. He could be fined hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The sentencing date was not immediately set.

Traficant, 60, could also be expelled from the House by his colleagues, something that has happened only once since the Civil War.