Trial of Jimmy Dimora Gets Underway in Akron

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AKRON, Ohio—Embattled former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora said little upon entering the Federal Courthouse in Akron on Wednesday morning, as jury selection in his trial for allegedly accepting bribes got underway.

Fox 8 News' Dave Nethers reports that Dimora arrived with his wife, Lori, his attorneys, Bill and Andrea Whittaker, as well as his co-defendant Michael Gabor.

Dimora faces a series of corruption charges that allege he took bribes in exchange for steering public contracts.

Gabor, a former auditor's office employee, who was first charged along with Dimora in a 139-page federal indictment in September of 2010, has been charged with a series of corruption related crimes including accepting bribes.

Nethers reports that Judge Sara Lioi first brought the pool of 44 potential jurors in the courtroom around 8:55 a.m.

Jurors were asked by Judge Lioi if they are familiar with the list of more than 100 potential witnesses.

A witness list that includes several individual who have already pled guilty to corruption related charges stemming from the massive federal probe.

Nethers reports the witness lists includes former Geographic Information Systems project manager with the auditor's office and former Parma School Board Member J. Kevin Kelly, former Cuyahoga County auditor Frank Russo and former CEO of D-A-S Construction in Garfield Heights Steven Pumper.

According to Nethers, the only point of discussion between defense and prosecuting attorneys thus far has been over one of the questions on a list asked to potential jurors.

That question regarded the introduction of evidence or testimony about Dimora's alleged infidelity while on a trip to Las Vegas.

The question was to determine whether jurors can find something morally objectionable, but understand that the same behavior may not be illegal.

Jurors were also asked about their exposure to media reports about the case.

All but seven jurors responded that they had heard about the case against Dimora and Gabor.

Nethers reports that Judge Lioi did expand the jury selection process, mailing 700 questionnaires to prospective jurors, 200 more than originally intended.

Dimora faces over 60-years in prison if found guilty of the charges.

Stay with Fox 8 News and http://www.Fox8.com for additional details on the trial of Jimmy Dimora all afternoon long.