AKRON -- Prosecutors outlined how flooded Cleveland Stadium toilets eventually led to Jimmy Dimora's indictment. The 2007 flood led to the lawsuit which Dimora is charged with trying to fix.
Jimmy Dimora is accused of meddling in the lawsuit being heard by then-Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Bridget McCafferty in hopes getting a favorable outcome for his friend, Steve Pumper, then-CEO of D-A-S Construction.
Pumper's company was being sued by Letter Perfect, a woodworking company headed by Shawn Newman. Letter Perfect had been hired by D-A-S as a subcontractor to do work on Cleveland Browns Stadium but had not been paid in full for the job.
The Stadium was badly damaged during a Summer, 2007, Kenney Chesney concert when toilets overflowed and flooded parts of the facility, including locker rooms.
Newman testified about his attempts to collect his money from Pumper's company. "He was trying to bully me into accepting a very low settlement and I was not going to tolerate that," Newman told the court in Akron on Monday afternoon.
Newman said D-A-S owed him $237,000 and that he was being offered only $150,000. The case was stalled until Dimora entered the picture.
He called McCafferty and asked the judge to work things out. Soon after Newman accepted $190,000 in an out of court settlement, rather than take the case to jury trial the following October.
Newman testified that the judge told him, "You can kind of take what you're going to get now, or get the same amount in October and pay all the legal fees it would cost to fight that."
McCafferty is heard on wiretapped phone calls telling Pumper after the settlement, "I was trying to get it out at $175,000 but I just couldn't get it done."
Pumper replies, "Yeah, that's OK," adding that he appreciated the judge's work for him.
McCafferty was convicted of ten counts of lying to the FBI in connection with the incident, and is serving a 14-month federal prison sentence.
Details of the attempt to fix the case in Pumper's favor are outlined in Count 17 of a 36-count federal indictment against Dimora. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.