Dimora trial: Judge scolds attorney; jury called into court

4:05 PM, Mar 2, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi had the attorneys and defendants return to the courtroom just after 10 a.m. Friday. The jury began deliberations Friday morning at 9 a.m.

They were all there by 9:30 except Jimmy Dimora, who had been told by his attorneys that he didn't have to be in Akron until 10 a.m. or so.

Spectators could see Lioi's annoyance as Dimora attorney Andrea Whitaker said she had told Dimora that he could come down at 10 "because we didn't think there would be a verdict by then." 

The jury had asked for a definition of interstate or foreign commerce. Lioi wanted both sides to decide on the wording of the definition and it took nearly two hours to decide that issue.

During the discussion, Whitaker told the judge she had a "strenuous objection to any further instructions to the jury."

"If it's the government's belief the jury has been improperly instructed, the only remedy is a mistrial," Whitaker told the court. The request for a mistrial was not granted.

Lioi then called the jury back into the courtroom at 12:25 p.m. and gave the jury an additional written page for their jury instructions book. The jury returned to deliberations at 12:28 p.m. 

Jurors also requested a dry erase board, highlight markers, and paper clips. Judge Lioi had the requested materials provided to the jury in their deliberation room.

The jury had begun deliberations at 1:45 p.m. Thursday and finished at 4:50 p.m. Thursday.

Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, 56, of Independence, is charged with 34 counts of bribery, conspiracy and racketeering.

Former Cuyahoga County Auditor's employee Michael Gabor, 52, of Parma, is charged with 8 counts, including bribery and conspiracy, and including a charge that he bribed a Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court judge with $10,000 to rule in his favor.


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