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CINCINNATI -- Oral arguments are set to be made next Wednesday (March 12) starting at 9 a.m. in the appeals filed by former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and former county employee Michael Gabor.

According to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, both defendants are appealing their jury convictions and Gabor is also appealing his sentence as well, for various offenses involving RICO conspiracy and Hobbs Act violations.

The three-judge panel hearing the appeals are Senior Judge Gilbert S. Merritt, Judge Jeffrey Sutton and Judge Richard Allen Griffin.

Michael Gabor, of Maple Heights, is now represented by attorney David Oakley and Dimora, of Independence, is represented by attorney Christian Grostic.

On March 9, 2012, following a seven-week trial, a jury found Dimora guilty on 31 counts and Gabor guilty on seven of eight counts.

Dimora, now 58, was also the chairman of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party. He was sentenced to 28 years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Sara Lioi. She sentenced Gabor, now 54, to 10 years and one month in prison.

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 is serving his sentence at Gilmer federal prison in Glenville, West Virginia, and Gabor is in prison in FCI Elkton in Lisbon, Ohio.

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