Dimora trial delayed until January

2:37 PM, May 23, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND --- U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi decided Monday  to delay the public corruption trial of former Cuyahoga County County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.

Prosecutors objected to any delay, but Dimora's lawyers said Dimora would be at a great disadvantage if the trial went ahead as planned on Sept. 12.

The attorneys cited millions of pages of records and more than 44,000 secretly-recorded phone conversation they have to review.

Dimora's lawyers requested a three-month continuance for his Sept. 12 corruption trial.

The trial is now scheduled to begin January 4, 2012.

Dimora's attorneys say that, since additional charges were filed against their client on March 30, they need more time to go through tape-recorded conversations and other evidence, which prosecutors intend to use against the former commissioner and former Democratic Party chairman.

Dimora was originally charged in September, 2010.

On March 30, a 149-page new, updated indictment was released by the U.S. Attorney's office. It showed that Dimora now faced racketeering charges.

The new indictment includes the original 26 charges filed on Sept. 14, 2010 and adds racketeering and seven new bribery charges.

The racketeering charge is under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act of 1970 and is often referred to as the RICO Act.

The updated indictment also includes charges that Dimora filed false tax returns for five years by failing to report tens of thousands of dollars in income from those bribes.

Dimora has pleaded not guilty to all of the original 26 charges and is scheduled to go to trial on Sept. 12.

The FBI went public with the corruption probe on July 28, 2008, when 200 FBI and IRS agents raided government and business offices in Cuyahoga County and the homes of elected officials and business owners.



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