Judge: Don't call Dimora 'godfather'

3:51 PM, Jan 6, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- A federal judge says prosecutors cannot refer to Jimmy Dimora as 'godfather' during the course of his trial. However he can be called 'political godfather.'

The ruling was part of a 78-page court order issued by U.S. District Court Judge Sara Lioi in response to a request by Dimora's lawyers that certain terms not be allowed during testimony and statements.

In addition to the word 'godfather' being prohibited, the judge also won't allow Dimora to be called a 'corrupt commissioner.'  Prosecutors are also not allowed to link Dimora's case with efforts to reform Cuyahoga County government.

Lioi did permit certain other terms to be used during the trial, including kickbacks, bribes, county corruption investigation, and 'political godfather,' because now convicted former Cuyahoga County Judge Bridget McCafferty referred to Dimora as 'political godfather.'

In the same court ruling, Lioi revealed a number of new instances in which Dimora is accused of trying to meddle in court cases throughout Cuyahoga County. They include divorce cases, child support, a traffic ticket, and civil matters.

Although Dimora was never charged with crimes in connection with those instances, they will be brought as evidence against him to help show a pattern of conduct supporting charges of conspiracy and bribery.

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