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Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora asks Supreme Court to overturn conviction

Judge rejects politician's bid to overturn conviction
Posted at 5:46 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 17:46:42-05

CLEVELAND  — Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, who is serving a 28-year sentence for accepting more than 100 bribes and trying to fix court cases, is asking the Supreme Court to overturn his conviction.

Dimora's attorney filed the motion on Monday.

His attorney is citing the Supreme Court’s ruling in 2016 involving former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell that narrowed the definition of an “official act” that prosecutors must prove to gain a conviction of federal bribery.

According to Dimora's attorneys, the court made the McDonnell error in his case.

Dimora was convicted in 2012 of one of the largest criminal corruption cases in the state's history. He was transferred from a West Virginia prison back to Ohio’s Elkton prison in 2017, where he is scheduled to be released in 2036.

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