Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, sentenced to 28 years in prison for 31 corruption charges, was moved March 14 from the Gilmer federal prison in Glenville,West Virginia to the medium security federal correctional institution in Victorville, California.
A U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokesman declined to cite the reason for the move but said inmates are moved for a variety of reasons, including judicial requests, security, special medical needs, psychological issuesthe inmate's protection or a disciplinary reason.
Dimora, 58, of Independence, is appealing his conviction. Oral arguments were heard in the Sixth District Court of Appeals on March 12 in Cincinnati.
The Victorville facility houses a total of 1, 916 inmates (all men) and is located in San Bernadino County about 90 miles north of Los Angeles.
The three-judge appeals panel that heard Dimora's appeal were Senior Judge Gilbert S. Merritt, Judge Jeffrey Sutton and Judge Richard Allen Griffin. Their opinion is expected to be released in a month or two.
Dimora was represented by attorney Christian Grostic.
On March 9, 2012, following a seven-week trial, a jury found Dimora guilty. He was also the chairman of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi.
Dimora filed his 71-page appeal March 30, 2013, saying Lioi prevented him from introducing his Ohio Ethics Commission forms, what he claims were key evidence that might have ended with his acquittal.
Dimora also has several health issues, according to his trial attorney Bill Whitaker, including sleep apnea (which requires him to wear a breathing mask to help him sleep), vertigo brought on by Meniere's disease (an inner-ear disorder), phlebitis (an often painful condition that causes swollen ankles), high blood pressure (requiring daily medication) and a painful right knee caused by deterioration of the meniscus.
Dimora also suffered a concussion in mid-May 2012 when he fell while being held in federal prison in Youngstown.