Attorney: Dimora family to hire private attorney for appeals

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AKRON -- The wife and children of convicted former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora now say they will hire a private attorney for the appeals of his 28-year sentence handed down Tuesday and his March 9 convictions.

About 12:30 p.m. Thursday, attorney Bill Whitaker, half of the father-daughter team that represented Dimora in trial and at his sentencing Monday and Tuesday, asked federal court to disregard Dimora's previous request for a paid public defender.

"We were told by the Dimora family that they don't want a public defender and we assume that they are going to hire a private attorney for the appeals. We look forward to working with whomever they hire," Whitaker told Channel 3 early Thursday afternoon.

Whitaker said he did not know the name of any attorney they may be considering.

Whitaker said Wednesday that there is "...no money left..." from the funds the Dimoras gave Bill and Andrea Whitaker to defend Dimora at his trial and sentencing.

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Whitaker said he thinks the family came to that decision "after they thought about it for awhile."

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On Tuesday, Whitaker had requested a federal public defender for Dimora.

Thursday's withdrawal motion came one day after the news broke that Dimora's family had sent out letters asking for private donations to pay for his appeals.

The letters read, in part, "...I cannot continue this fight alone, which is why I am asking for your help in clearing my name and increasing my chances of success, by sending a contribution of $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or any other amount you feel is proper. . . ."

Calls to the Dimora home Thursday were not answered and no voicemail was available.

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