|Politicians Faced With Lie Detectors
From Free Republic
Source: Associated Press
Published: September 13, 1999
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- Congressional candidates in Youngstown
are facing the issue of whether to submit to a lie detector test
about their ties to organized crime.
The suggestion was made Sunday by a political columnist for
The Vindicator of Youngstown and backed Monday by one candidate,
State Sen. Robert Hagan.
Rep. James Traficant, who was acquitted of taking bribes from
mobsters before being elected, refused to take the test and
Mahoning County Auditor George Tablack said he would consider it.
Asked if he thinks Traficant has some tie to organized crime,
Hagan said, ``I don't know if there is one now, but I'm
suspicious of the congressman's actions in the past.''
Traficant was elected to Congress in 1985 after he was
acquitted of taking bribes from mobsters in 1983 when he
was Mahoning County sheriff. The county includes Youngstown,
where Mafia families from Cleveland and Pittsburgh long
fought for control, breeding crime and corruption.
His spokesman, Paul Marcone, said the congressman does not
intend to take a test.
``He took a lie detector test back in the early 1980s before
his trial and he does not intend to take another one,''