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James Traficant Hearing. Verdict: GUILTY
On September 2nd, 2009, former Rep. James Traficant is released from federal prison after a seven-year stint for racketeering, bribes, and corruption. He was as colorful and daft as a Sopranos character, as this video of his expulsion hearing shows. And how disrespectful to the beloved late Stephanie Tubbs Jones! This is like a comedy sketch in a real government setting, where you could see Rip Torn hamming this up beyond believability. But the hair piece alone makes this terrifyingly real.
eGuider: John Wellington Ennis
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John Wellington Ennis is a documentary filmmaker looking to mix the funny with the message. His films have explored election fraud, the pharmaceutical industry, and why Rudy Giuliani has so many issues. Soon to be released is his feature comedy with the Upright Citizens Brigade, Wild Girls Gone, starring Amy Poehler in a small-town political satire. Ennis blogs on politics, documentaries, and comedy at www.johnennis.tv.