Jimmy Dimora convicted on 33 counts, detained

7:19 PM, Mar 9, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- A jury has convicted former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora on 33 counts. 

The judge revoked Dimora's $50,000 bond and ordered him detained.  Marshals took Dimora from the court in handcuffs.

Verdict details

Dimora was accused of bribery and racketeering and pleaded not guilty. Dimora was on trial with a former county employee, Michael Gabor, who also has denied allegations of corrupt activity.

The jury convicted Gabor on seven of eight counts.

Sentencing is yet to be scheduled.

When asked by WKYC.com reporter Kim Wendel while in the elevator what he thought following the verdict, Gabor Attorney Lief Christman replied with one word, "Brutal."

He went on to say he was sorry the lawyers were barred from talking to the media at this time. The judge ordered the jury to return on Tuesday. 

Expanded coverage: Dimora trial

WKYC's Eric Mansfield, who was waiting outside, reports that defense attorney Bill Whitaker stormed out of the courthouse, knocked into photographers and got inside a waiting car.

The trial in federal court in Akron included seven weeks of testimony. The case went to the jury March 2 after closing arguments.

A prosecutor recounted Dimora's alleged involvement in various schemes, referring to him as "king of the county." His defense team attacked the credibility of government witnesses, saying they testified to get reduced prison sentences in the corruption probe. 


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