Judge Denies Dimora’s Motion for Release

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Judge Sara Lioi on Monday denied a motion for former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora’s release from prison pending sentencing and his second trial.

Dimora is being held in federal custody for his conviction on 37 charges that include bribery, conspiracy, obstruction of justice and filing false tax returns.

According to court documents, Dimora cited his compliance with pre-trial bond
conditions, his timely appearance in court, and his strong network of family and friends as reasons in support of his release.

He also revealed medical needs that he believes “impede any possibility a
lifestyle necessary to flight.”

However, the government believed Dimora was likely to flee for several reasons, including the fraudulent and deceptive nature of his crimes, the fact that he was recently divested of most of his assets in forfeiture and the fact that he is facing a lengthy prison sentence.

Dimora’s sentencing is scheduled for July 25 and his second trial is scheduled to begin on Oct. 17 with jury selection.