Former Cuyahoga County commissioner Jimmy Dimora continues his fight for a new trial.
In newly filed court documents, Dimora's lawyers blasted federal prosecutors. They argue that what Dimora is convicted of doing may have been "distasteful and inappropriate," but they say it wasn't bribery. They claim it was simply favors.
The document says, "It undisputed that James Dimora received expensive meals, home improvements, trips, and other things of value from many people. It is undisputed that they gave things to Dimora because he was an important public official, whom they hoped would help them. But without proof of more, that is not federal bribery."
Dimora was found guilty of racketeering and other corruption-related charges in 2012.
Among the favors Dimora received involved sex and gambling trips to Las Vegas. He's serving a 28 year prison sentence at a federal prison in West Virginia.
Dimora's lawyers and prosecutors will make their case before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. That hearing, before a three-judge panel, has not yet been scheduled.
To read the entire document filed today, click here.
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