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Dimora: More time to file appeal, motion for acquittal

2:38 PM, Mar 19, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- Attorneys for former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora filed a motion in federal court Monday morning.

They are asking U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi for an additional 60 days within which to file a motion for a new trial and to file his motion for judgment of acquittal.

As of late Monday, Lioi has not ruled on whether or not the court will release the trial exhibits and evidence from the trial. Media outlets have asked that they be released but only Dimora's attorneys have filed a motion to block their release.

But just before 5 p.m. Monday, Lioi released an order, saying that The U.S. Attorney's Office "...shall have until March 26 to respond to defendant Dimora's motion for extension of time until May 29 to file motion for new trial and motion for judgment of acquittal."

For now, Dimora's deadline to file for a new trial is Friday (March 23) and March 28 for judgment for acquittal.

Jimmy Dimora, 56, of Independence, was convicted March 9 on 33 of 34 federal counts, including bribery, conspiracy and racketeering.

He was taken into federal custody immediately and is now at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown awaiting his July 25 sentencing. 

When asking for the time extension, Dimora's attorney Bill Whitaker cited the fact the case was complex and the indictment contained more than 30 charges and "a RICO (racketeering) charge spanning 10 years."

In addition, Whitaker said the eight-week trial, the 72 witnesses, and the "complex legal issues involved" will "require careful analysis, extensive research and a detailed review of the existing transcript."

Whitaker wants the deadline for both extended to no later than May 29.

Dimora's co-defendant Michael Gabor, 52, of Parma, was found guilty on 7 of 8 counts and is also in federal custody at NOCC. His attorney Leif Christman said he will also appeal his client's conviction but has not asked for an extension.

WKYC-TV

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