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Appeals court uphold Dimora's convictions and sentence
Former Cuyahoga commissioner will continue to serve his 28-year corruption sentence
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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M.L. Schultze
 
Dimora has maintained that benefits he collected from friends and business associates were gifts; prosecutors, jurors and now an appeals court says they were kickbacks.
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A federal appeals court has upheld the sentence of former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora. 

Dimora is serving a 28-year sentence in California for his conviction on 31 corruption charges. 

Dimora had maintained that U.S. District Judge Sarah Lioi made mistakes during his trial in 2012, including not allowing Dimora to submit state ethics disclosure forms. He argued that those forms made it clear he never tried to hide gifts from contractors and business associates.

Prosecutors say the forms amounted to hearsay. 

After today’s 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, the U.S. Attorneys office issued a statement saying, in part, that “the jury’s verdict was supported by overwhelming evidence of their greed and corruption.”

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