Dimora, Gabor get extra time to file for new trials

7:06 PM, Mar 26, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- Convicted former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora got more time to file motions for a new trial and to file for an acquittal but not as much time as he had wanted.

U.S District Judge Sara Lioi ruled late Monday morning that Dimora and his attorneys, Bill and Andrea Whitaker, will have until April 30 to file those motions. They had been due Friday for a new trial and March 28 for judgment for acquittal.

Bill Whitaker had asked for a 60-day extension, until May 29.

Attorney Leif Christman, who represents co-defendant Michael Gabor, said his client was facing the same deadlines as Jimmy Dimora and filed for an extension until April 6.

But Christman had only asked for additional 14 days to file a motion for a new trial and an additional nine days to file a motion for acquittal, making both due April 6.

Lioi granted Christman's motions.

As of midday Monday, neither attorney had filed an appeal of their clients' convictions with a higher court.

Dimora, 56, of Independence, was convicted March 9 on 33 of 34 federal counts, including bribery, conspiracy and racketeering. He was taken into federal custody immediately and is now at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown awaiting his July 25 sentencing.

When asking for the time extension, Dimora's attorney Bill Whitaker cited the fact the case was complex and the indictment contained more than 30 charges and "a RICO (racketeering) charge spanning 10 years."

In addition, Whitaker said the eight-week trial, the 72 witnesses, and the "complex legal issues involved" will "require careful analysis, extensive research and a detailed review of the existing transcript."

Gabor, 52, of Parma, was found guilty on 7 of 8 counts and is also in federal custody at NOCC.

Lioi has yet to rule on motions filed by Dimora's attorneys asking for his release from custody until his July 25 sentencing. Dimora is facing the possibility of 20 to 23 years in prison.


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