CLEVELAND -- Former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo has won an extra month of freedom before he reports to federal prison, U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi ruled today.
Russo pleaded guilty to bribery in the Cuyahoga County corruption probe and was to start his 21-plus years in prison on May 26.
Lioi agreed Friday to allow Russo to push back his Loretto, Pa., prison reporting date from May 26 to June 30.
Prosecutors had asked for a delay until Oct. 17 to give Russo more time to prepare to testify against a political ally, former county Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.
Dimora, also a Democrat, has pleaded not guilty to bribery and is facing more than 30 charges. He is scheduled to go to trial on Sept. 12.
Dimora's attorneys have asked for a three-month continuance for his trial but Lioi has yet to rule on that motion.
Russo is also expected to testify against Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Steven Terry. For now, Terry's trial is scheduled to begin June 6.
Lioi says she may agree later to another delay in the prison reporting date for Russo.
The Associated Press