Letters to Judge: 'Give Dimora a break'

6:37 PM, Jul 24, 2012   |    comments
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In a nutshell, Jimmy Dimora's wife Lori writes "please give him the lowest possible sentence you can."

In all, 48 people wrote letters to U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi, asking that she consider all the good things former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora did during his entire political career and not just the past 14 years.

Dimora was also the chairman of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party.

Lioi is scheduled to sentence Dimora, 57, of Independence, at 9:30 a.m. Monday, four years and two days after the Cuyahoga County corruption probe first went public.

Related story: Dimora attorneys ask for 'less than 22 years' in prison

Since then, more than 60 people have either pleaded guilty or been found guilty in the probe.

In her letter, his wife Lori wrote, in part, "I have known James Dimora since 1970 and we married in 1980. The day he proposed to me he said 'I love you, I want to marry you but I want you to understand I will be involved in politics so I will be busy.'"

"...Jim always put other people's feelings and troubles before his own...I thank you in advance for your understanding and compassion."

Dimora has two sons, Joseph and Anthony, and a daughter, Lisa.

His son Joe wrote, in part, "I write to you with a heavy heart pleading to you not to tear us apart. I cannot reiterate to you enough how grateful and lucky I am to have such a loving, kindhearted, and caring father. When coming to your judgment, please step back and ask yourself 'What Would Jesus Do?'" 

Dimora's mother--in-law Marianne Bissler wrote, in part, "...I have known Jim since he started dating my daughter in high school...you haven't had much of an opportunity to hear many of his good qualities..."

Lenore Gitner wrote, in part, "...I would hope that any mistakes made by Jim would not overshadow all the good he has done in his lifetime...."

Carm Kustala wrote, in part, "Jimmy has never hurt anyone and doesn't deserve to go to prison for all the years they are talking about. Yes, he did some things wrong but he has suffered punishment already and the shame his family has suffered will go on..."

Dimora's cousin Laura Miller wrote, in part, "...despite the way he was portrayed in trial, Jimmy is a great man....please find it in your heart to be lenient and possible give him probation with restitution and electronic home detention. His family needs him and we all love him."

Among the 48 people who wrote letters were Bedford Mayor Dan Pocek, Dimora's youngest sister Diane Pieronek and the former mayor of Glenwillow Donald Payne.


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