Dimora appeal rejected, will stay in prison until sentencing

3:24 PM, Jun 21, 2012   |    comments
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CINCINNATI -- Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judges Cornelia G. Kennedy, Eugene E. Siler Jr and Jeffrey S. Sutton ruled that former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora will remain in federal prison until his July 25 sentencing

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The appeal was filed May 7 and Dimora is scheduled for sentencing on July 25.

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Dimora, 56, of Independence, has been in federal prison at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown since he was convicted on 33 of 34 counts on March 9 for bribery, racketeering, income tax evasion and fraud.

He had asked U.S. District Court Judge Sara Lioi to be released from prison. When she denied his release, he appealed her decision to the court of appeals.

The appeals court wrote "Dimora is facing a lengthy sentence. He has limited financial ties to his community, and his family and community enabled and/or participated in his offenses. His medical conditions are readily controlled by medication and other means, and he is receiving medical care while incarcerated."

Dimora also appealed U.S. District Court Judge Sara Lioi's second denial of his release before sentencing to the appeals court. The court also ruled Thursday that Lioi was correct in what she did.

In the order that came down Thursday, the court ruled that "Further, he was convicted of multiple offenses involving fraud, deception, and obstruction of justice. Regardless of whether the district court's determination that it lacked jurisdiction over his renewed motion for presentencing release was correct, its alternative conclusion that the new information did not change its original conclusion that he was a flight risk is supported by the record...(Lioi's) presentencing detention orders are affirmed."

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