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AKRON -- U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi has granted Cuyahoga County corruption defendant Michael Forlani's motion to continue the scheduled Dec. 12 trial of Forlani and his co-defendant, former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.

Dimora had also joined in that motion.

Lioidid not rule Friday afternoon on Dimora's request to combine his two trials into one. His attorneys argued thatDimora shouldn't have to stand trial twice for mostly the same charges, involving many of the same defendants over the same time period.

Dimora, 56, of Independence,is already scheduled for trial starting Jan. 4on his original corruption, briberyand racketeeringchargesbefore Lioi, charges that werefiled on Sept. 15, 2010.

Forlani, 54, of Gates Mills, was indicted Oct. 21 for the first time and Dimora had additional indictments filed against him that day.

Both have pleaded not guilty.

Court records show Lioigranted the continuanceFriday and "declared the case complex,finding that the ends of justice served by the motion for continuance outweigh the best interest of the public and defendants in a speedy trial, because failure to grant such a continuance would deny counsel for defendants the reasonable time necessary for effective preparation, taking into account the exercise of due diligence."

Lioi said she found the case complex "due to the nature of the prosecution and the quantity and type of evidence involved, and that it is unreasonable to expect adequate preparation for pretrial proceedings and trial within the time limits established in Title 18, United States Code, Section 3161."

Lioi also granted Forlani's motionto release a sealed transcript, in which Dimora joined, subject to the governing protective order.

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