Jimmy Dimora trial ends several hours early

2:50 PM, Feb 1, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- Without key witness Kevin Kelley, the public corruption trial of Jimmy Dimora ended several hours early on Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi dismissed the jury for the day just before 2 p.m., telling them to report back at 8:20 a.m. Thursday.

As to whether Kelley would resume his dramatic testimony on Thursday, Jimmy Dimora defense attorney Bill Whitaker said, "We'll find out in the morning."

Kelley had testified all day Monday and for 90 minutes on Tuesday before being rushed to Summa Akron City Hospital with an undisclosed ailment.

He did not return to testify Wednesday, prompting government prosecutors to move ahead into another scheme Dimora is charged with taking part in.

Cuyahoga County's Board of Elections Director Jane Platten was the last witness on the stand Wedneday. She testified about campaign expenditures which her office checks when reports are submitted by political candidates.

Platten said she bought a ticket for Dimora's 2006 fundraising brunch but did not expect that part of the proceeds would be used to pay Dimora's personal expenses.

Dimora is charged with diverting thousands of dollars in campaign money to cover part of the tab for his wife Lori's 50th birthday party.

Platten was preceded on the witness stand by Harlan Diamond, owner of Executive Caterers at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights.

He has already pleaded guilty to mail fraud in connection with Dimora's diversion of campaign funds to pay Dimora's personal Landerhaven bills for his family parties.


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