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Lori Dimora outside courtroom: "I'm doing okay"

2:23 PM, Mar 14, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- A larger than normal contingent of Jimmy Dimora's relatives came to court here Wednesday. Some are expected to testify during today's forfeiture hearing.

The hearing, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., was still not underway as of 11:30 a.m., when U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi entered the courtroom.

She announced at that time to those waiting that the "recess" would continue for at least another half hour.

The hearing was pushed to a 1 p.m. start time but was still not underway as of 1:40 p.m.. 

The family, seen entering the courthouse just after 8:30 a.m., are here for the forefeiture hearing, where the jury will decide if Jimmy Dimora will be required to turn over his home to satisfy his debt for the crimes he was convicted of Friday.

Lori Dimora and their two sons had been waiting in the courtroom since just before 9 a.m. for the hearing to begin.

Before she entered the courtroom, Lori Dimora stopped outside the defendant's waiting room where other family members are waiting.

"I'm doing okay," Lori Dimora said, in response to being asked in the hallway how she was doing.

Jimmy Dimora, 56, of Independence, also returned to the courthouse through the federal prisoner entrance on the lower level in the same two-piece orange prison garb.

Dimora was convicted on 33 of 34 federal counts Friday, including conspiracy, racketeering and bribery. 

Also in the courtroom today is attorney Leif Christman, who represented Dimora's co-defendant Michael Gabor.

Gabor, 52, of Parma, was convicted Friday on 7 of the 8 federal counts he was charged with, including bribery, conspiracy and racketeering.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Antoinette Bacon said Tuesday that the government may play wiretapped calls that demonstrate how the home was used as an criminal enterprise.

Bacon and Assistant U.S. Attorney James Morford said that the home of Jimmy Dimora on Forestwood Drive in Independence was the "headquarters" of the criminal enterprise that Dimora and others were involved in.

They make the argument that Dimora's entire home must be forfeited because of his convictions last week.

Defense attorneys are trying to prove that untrue and to save the home for Dimora's family to continue living in.

Defense attorneys will present members of Dimora's family to testify that the home was not used as prosecutors say.

WKYC-TV

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