Traficant Asks To Be Let Out On Bond During Appeal

CLEVELAND (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. James Traficant has asked a federal appeals court to free him on bond while he appeals his conviction on bribery, racketeering and tax evasion charges.

The request was filed late on Tuesday.

Traficant (pictured, above) was led away from a Cleveland courtroom in handcuffs Tuesday afternoon after U.S. District Judge Lesley Wells sentenced him to eight years in prison.

He's currently being held at the Summit County Jail.

Traficant asked Wells to imprison him in Ohio so that he could run for election to Congress from behind bars. He was ousted from Congress last week because of his conviction.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons said that Traficant's request to be incarcerated in Ohio is irrelevant to the agency. There's only one federal prison in Ohio, located in Elkton near Youngstown.

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