CLEVELAND -- A federal judge has refused to toss out the first of two corruption indictments against a former county official in Cleveland facing trial this week.
Judge Sara Lioi ruled Monday night that there is no double jeopardy involved in the two sets of charges returned against former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.
She says the double jeopardy issue - or facing two trials for the same crime - cannot be argued until the first trial ends.
Dimora, a former county Democratic chairman, goes on trial Wednesday in Akron on racketeering and bribery charges.
No trial date has been set for the second indictment, on conspiracy charges.
Dimora has pleaded not guilty to both indictments.
By THOMAS J. SHEERAN Associated Press
The Associated Press