AKRON -- The attorney for Jimmy Dimora tells Channel 3 late Wednesday that the Dimora family has already sent out letters, asking for donations for Dimora's appeal process.
Attorney Bill Whitaker, with his daughter Andrea Whitaker, defended Dimora in his trial and through his sentencing on Tuesday.
There had been talk Wednesday that the letters came from the Whitakers.
"The letters did not come from us or from our office," Bill Whitaker said. "I understand that the Dimora family has sent out letters, asking for money."
Whitaker also confirmed that he has asked U.S. District Court Judge Sara Lioi for a federal public defender for Dimora's appeal that would be paid for by the government.
"Right now, we have asked the court to appoint an attorney," Bill Whitaker said.
Bill Whitaker was asked if there was any money left from the money that Dimora had paid the Whitakers to handle his case so that the Whitakers could continue representing him through the appeal.
"Right now, there is no money left," Whitaker told Channel 3.
One person, who asked not to be identified, said he received the letter late last month and it 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 were not answered and no voicemail was available.