In the 1980s, Traficant was the sheriff of Youngstown, a city that was at times referred to as "Crime Town, USA." He made his name as a small town "Dirty Harry," until the federal authorities charged him with racketeering for accepting bribes. After representing himself in the criminal trial, Traficant was acquitted.
Traficant used the same defense in 2002 as he did in the 1980s -- the bureaucrats were going after a little guy with a big mouth.
"We've got a government of the bureaucrats, by the bureaucrats, for the bureaucrats. I love Congress but Congress don't even govern anymore. Even the federal judges are afraid of these people," Traficant told Charles Gibson on "Good Morning America" on the first day of his trial in 2002.
"Look, I'm like a mouse looking up at an elephant, asking the elephant to surrender, quite frankly," he said. "But you know, I'll tell you something, I believe in America that we have gotten something out of hand here. I believe we have bureaucrats who run America, and people are afraid of the government."
A homecoming party is planned for the former congressmen on his return to Youngstown. Linda Kovachik, a former Capitol Hill staff member for Traficant, displayed yellow ribbons outside her house to welcome him home, the AP reported.
ABC News attempted to contact Kovachik, but received her voicemail, which advertised the "appreciation dinner" for Traficant's return and provided directions on how to buy tickets for the event.