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Dimora wants release after prison fall sends him to hospital

10:44 PM, May 18, 2012   |    comments
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YOUNGSTOWN -- The attorneys for former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora have renewed their request for his release from federal prison based on new medical grounds, following a May 4 fall that hospitalized Dimora for three days with a concussion and other injuries.

Dimora already has appealed U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi's April 24 denial of his release to the U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati.

The appeals court has yet to rule on the appeal.

Dimora, 56, lost consciousness when he fell. At St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Youngstown, Dimora underwent several tests that revealed additional health concerns that require further medical care, his attorneys wrote in a motion to Lioi Friday afternoon.

The testing revealed that Dimora has an aneurysm and a dark mass behind his tonsils, according to an affidavit by his own physician, Dr. Marwan Hilal.

Dimora has been advised by the doctors he has seen at St. Elizabeth's and the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center that he will need to see a specialist regarding the mass and that he should undergo a catheterization on the aneurysm.

Hilal feels that an ultrasound examination of the aneurysm is necessary and this further treatment may be extensive depending on the results.

Hilal says care for the mass is required immediately in the event that the mass is cancerous. As a consequence of the fall, Dimora's previous conditions have been aggravated. He has been prescribed a walker and may be moved to a wheelchair if his condition does not improve.

The additional medical treatment that is necessary will be costly, his attorneys said.

If Dimora remains at the NOCC, there will be a cost borne by the Bureau of Prisons in terms of both the medical care and the resources necessary for any additional hospital stays, his attorneys said.

The BOP must provide a guard 24-hour/day while Dimora is housed at St. Elizabeth's. If he is released on bond, with any additional monitoring or securitization requirements that the Court chooses to impose, the medical care cost will be borne by Dimora's medical insurance and there is no need for the BOP to pay for transportation or security at the hospital.

"Given Mr. Dimora's medical conditions and the facts previously briefed by defendant, it is unnecessary for the BOP to incur these costs. For the foregoing reasons, Mr. Dimora respectfully requests that this Court release (him) pending his sentencing and second trial. During this time, Mr. Dimora may seek the medical care he requires without the need for the BOP to incur any unnecessary costs," his attorneys wrote.


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