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Prosecutors say convicted Cuyahoga County politician, Jimmy Dimora should remain behind bars

Posted at 6:19 AM, Dec 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-12 06:19:34-05

Federal prosecutors say a convicted Cleveland-area politician should remain behind bars despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision narrowing the definition of a corrupt act.

Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora says his conviction was based on a definition of an official act that the court rejected as too broad when it vacated former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's bribery conviction.

In a brief filed Monday, prosecutors argue that Dimora would have been convicted under the more stringent definition anyway.

Prosecutors say Dimora accepted more than 100 bribes, tried to fix eight court cases and had contractors do work at his home for free or reduced prices.

He was sentenced in 2012 to 28 years in prison.