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Cleveland: Jimmy Dimora asks for one trial

4:31 PM, Nov 17, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora has asked a federal judge to combine his separate racketeering and bribery trials into one.

The first trial for Dimora is scheduled for Jan. 4 in Akron.

His attorneys asked a judge on Wednesday to combine the cases into a single trial to be held later to allow more preparation time.

Dimora is a former county Democratic chairman in Cleveland. He's charged with taking bribes in return for steering county contracts and jobs. He has pleaded not guilty.

According to The Plain Dealer, a co-defendant in the second indictment wants that trial put off until next October to prepare.

Prosecutors haven't filed a response to the defense requests.

The Associated Press

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