AKRON -- Starting Thursday morning, the corruption trial of Jimmy Dimora resumes in Akron. His co-defendant, Michael D. Gabor, 52, of Parma,will also be on trial.
It's thebiggest and most anticipated trial in the Cuyahoga County corruption investigation.
Dimora, 56, of Independence,along with former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo, 62, of Bratenahl, were the main targets of the investigation, according to the FBI and the IRS.
Starting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi will swear in the 12 jurors and six alternate jurors.
Once the jury is impaneled, federal prosecutors will deliver their opening statements first, followed by opening statements by Dimora attorneys Bill and Andrea Whitaker and Gabor attorneys Leif Christman and David Oakley.
Federal prosecutors for the Dimora/Gabor trial are Assistant U.S. Attorneys Antoinette Bacon, Nancy Kelley and Ann Rowland.
Opening statements could be delayed until afternoon if Lioi decides to listen to any arguments on any pending motions.
Dimora is facing33 criminal charges in this trial, including multiple bribery charges and racketeering charges.
Following his arreston Sept. 15, 2010, Gabor pleaded not guilty in federal court to four counts of bribery and witness tampering. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison.
While seating the jury, Lioi showed them a list of 119 people, saying these people could be on the witness list for the government or the defense.
There is also 44,000 hours of wiretapped conversations available for use in the trial, although only dozens may be brought into evidence.
Lioi told jurors that the trial is expected to last three months.