Dimora trial: Prosecution to rest, defense next

4:19 PM, Feb 20, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- Jurors in the Jimmy Dimora trial had a day off Monday for the federal holiday.

The trial resumes Tuesday when the federal prosecutors are expected to rest their case first thing in the morning against former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and his co-defendant, Michael Gabor.

That means defense attorneys get their first chance to present their case and their first witnesses.

Look for Dimora's attorneys, the Akron-based father-daughter team of Andrea and Bill Whitaker, to present their defense first, as Dimora is the main defendant.

Dimora, 56, faces 36 counts in this trial, including racketeering, bribery and conspiracy. He has pleaded not guilty.

Gabor, 52, of Parma, faces seven counts, including bribery and conspiracy, and has also pleaded not guilty.

The trial is expected to last through the end of the month before the jury begins deliberations.


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