Feds say they're not picking on former Cuyahoga Commissioner

2:14 PM, Dec 15, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Federal prosecutors in Ohio say they're not picking on a former county commissioner facing separate trials on two corruption indictments.

Prosecutors in Cleveland said in a filing Wednesday night that they oppose a defense request that the first indictment be dismissed based on alleged vindictiveness against former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.

And, the government says Dimora hasn't shown evidence that the second indictment was punishment for opting for a trial on the first indictment.

The government also says there's no double jeopardy -- or two trials on the same charges -- only double indictments. Dimora's bribery trial is set for Jan. 4 in Akron.

He faces a later trial on the second indictment for alleged extortion. Dimora formerly served as county Democratic chairman in Cleveland. He denies wrongdoing.

The Associated Press

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