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Dimora trial: Dimora, Gabor defenses rest

6:53 PM, Feb 24, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- Attorneys for Jimmy Dimora and Michael Gabor say they have rested their cases without defendants or any witnesses for Gabor taking the stand.

Closings arguments are expected Monday but could happen Tuesday.

There had been seven witnesses who testified on behalf of Jimmy Dimora. Gabor's attorney Leif Christman did not call any witnesses to the stand.

This comes as the trial began its seventh week.

Dimora, 56, of Independence, is charged with 36 counts of bribery, conspiracy and racketeering.

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

Both have pleaded not guilty.

Dimora is represented by the Akron-based father-daughter team of William and Andrea Whitaker. Gabor is represented by Cleveland attorneys Christman and David Oakley.

Now that defense attorneys have rested their cases, the attorneys and U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi went through the evidence presented by defense attorneys and had them entered into the official record.

Court took a lunch break at 12:35 p.m. Friday and will return at 1:35 p.m. to discuss jury instructions. Both sides already submitted their requests for what is to be included in the instructions.

It is expected that attorneys for the prosecution and both defendants will present closing arguments starting Monday morning.

Then the jury will receive its instructions from Lioi before they retire for deliberations.

It's anyone's guess as to how long they will deliberate. The jury has not been sequestered during the trial and it is not known if Lioi will have them sequestered for deliberations.

Trial Timeline

Jury selection took place Jan. 4-6. Then there was a break while Dimora had an appeal pending in the U.S. District Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. That appeal was denied and opening statements started Jan. 12.

Lioi and prosecutors have said from the start that the trial would likely last three months -- from Jan. 4 through April 4 and the prosecutors planned to rest their case on Feb. 29. But it was on Feb. 16 that prosecutors told defense attorneys that they intended to rest on Feb. 21.

With closing statements expected Monday, Lioi will likely give jury instructions later Monday or first thing Tuesday and the jury could get the case by late Tuesday or early Wednesday.


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