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Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora wins partial appeal on 28-year sentence

Judge rejects politician's bid to overturn conviction
Posted at 6:36 PM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 18:36:55-04

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio — 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, had a minor victory in court on Monday.

According to one of Dimora's attorneys, he won a partial appeal.

A three-judge panel decided that errors in jury instructions and excluding evidence could affect half of Dimora's 32 convictions.

The trial judge will have to determine whether the errors were harmless or substantially influenced the jury's decision.

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 is scheduled to be released from in 2036. He was diagnosed with COVID-19 in May.