Continual Updates: Jimmy Dimora Sentencing

**Follow FOX8.com reporter Dan Jovic’s continual updates on the Jimmy Dimora sentencing**

5:56 p.m. — The last courtroom drawing on Monday of Fox 8’s Joe Wood… This drawing captures Phil Saunders, who testified on Dimora’s behalf.

5:53 p.m.– Court has adjourned for the day. To resume at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

5:49 p.m. — “Our house is always the house everyone enjoyed being at,” said Lisa Dimora. “Everyone always had a good time.”

5:46 p.m. — Lisa Dimora is describing how her father helped at the after-prom parties of she and her brothers. She also is speaking about the father/daughter dances she attended with Jimmy Dimora.

5:42 p.m. – Lisa Dimora, Jimmy Dimora’s daughter now on the witness stand. She is speaking on how Dimora was always there for his children at sporting events throughout school.

“He made a point to be at his children’s events, to support them,” said Lisa.

5:38 p.m. — Getner says, “Jimmy’s been an excellent father, and excellent husband, an excellent son. I’ve never seen him have cross words with anyone.” Later adding, “When [Dimora] walks into a room, the room lights up.” 

5:35 p.m. — Getner says that he has never heard a bad word spoken about Dimora. Getner described a instance where Dimora left a family birthday party to attend a function Getner threw for his father.

5:33 p.m. — Andrew Getner, retired Cleveland and North Randall Police officer, is now on the witness stand testifying on Dimora’s behalf.

5:27 p.m. – Teron described Dimora as a, “A great father, a good role model.”

5:24 p.m. — John Teron, Dimora’s neighbor, is now on the witness stand testifying on behalf of Dimora.

5:20 p.m. — William J. Day, a lawyer who lives in Brecksville, and who has known Dimora for 23 years, is testifying on how Dimora treated his disabled son who worked for the county.

Day says Dimora was wonderful to his child and Dimora always went out of his way to make his disabled son feel important.

5:13 p.m. — Saunders is speaking of many community projects that Dimora helped champion during his time at mayor of Bedford Heights. Ballparks, play grounds, pools, community cookouts, Saunders says Dimora was involved in it all in Bedford Heights.

5:09 p.m. – Judge Lioi has ruled that court proceeding will operate in reverse today due to witnesses being unable to reschedule for tomorrow. That means witnesses are providing impact statements today despite Dimora being sentenced tomorrow morning. 

Lioi says Dimora will be sentenced on Tuesday morning once court commences at 9:00 a.m.

5:04 p.m. –Phil Saunders of Bedford Heights is currently on the witness stand providing an impact statement on behalf of Dimora. Saunders is speaking of how Dimora helped improved race relations in Bedford Heights in the late 1980’s.

4:58 p.m. — Judge Lioi says $451,801.52 is the total amount of losses incurred due to bribes received by Dimora. That is the number that will be used at sentencing.

4:56 p.m. — Judge Lioi is in the process of totaling the amount Dimora received in bribes. This has been the total focus of Dimora’s sentencing thus far.

4:40 p.m. — Latest courtroom drawing from Fox 8’s Joe Wood …

Jimmy Dimora began cramping up at on point during today’s sentencing proceedings. He stood and stretched as Judge Lioi looked on.

4:01 p.m. — Court back in session. A phone call made by Dimora on the behalf of Steven Pumper was just played in court to clarify an argument made by Andrea Whitaker.

3:33 p.m. — Judge Lioi says court will now take a 15 minute recess.

3:03 p.m. — Read Fox 8 News Dave Nethers’ report filed during Dimora’s trial to get a full understanding of the dollar amounts in gifts, dinners, cash and entertainment that Dimora received from 2004 until 2007.

2:47 p.m. — Dimora’s attorneys and prosecutors are combing through virtually every cent Dimora received fraudulently and through bribes. The court has spent all day ruling on differences in bribe amounts received, some as little as $6.

2:36 p.m. – Judge Lioi has ruled that $2,000 will be reduced from an estimated $35,977.98 that Dimora received in bribes from Ferris Kleem, the owner of Blaze Construction and Phoenix Cement. The reduction comes from Dimora’s attorneys objecting to his knowledge of how a Rolex watch was purchased.

Judge Lioi agreed that Dimora did not know that Kleem had paid $2,000 in cash to a jeweler to make up the difference in the cost of the watch that Dimora was unwilling to pay.

2:33 p.m. — Latest drawing from Fox 8’s Joe Wood …

2:27 p.m. – Judge Lioi says with regards to Gina Coppers, she will only allow $121 so be shown as the amount that Dimora was bribed. $121 is the amount Coppers paid for a motel room in Independence for the purpose of having a sexual rendezvous with Dimora. That relationship led to Coppers receiving a government job, with benefits, courtesy of Dimora.

2:18 p.m. — Bacon says that Dimora’s financial gain from fraud and bribery must be aggregated. “What was his gain from the fraud. What was the gain from the conspirators.” said Bacon. 

2:02 p.m. — Dimora’s attorneys continue to argue that the value of the benefits obtained by Dimora simply cannot be conferred based on labor costs.

Prosecutor Bacon points to an exhibit shown at trial which details the expenditures of businesses that bribed Dimora. The exhibit detail costs of food, travel and money awarded via county contracts.

FBI Special Agent Christine Oliver, according to Fox 8 News’ Dave Nethers, was a forensic accountant prior to working for the FBI. She and prosecutor Bacon are now coming up with an estimate as to the totals detailed in the exhibit.

1:51 p.m. — Both prosecutors and Dimora’s attorneys continue to go back and forth regarding objections to counts in which Dimora was convicted involving Rob Rybak and Plumbers Local 55 as well as Alternate Agency.

The major debate is whether or not labor can be lumped into the amount with which Dimora was bribed. This also plays into how much restitution Dimora could have to pay.

1:43 p.m. — Court has resumed its session.

12:35 p.m. — Judge Lioi says that the court is now taking its lunch recess. Court will resume in one hour.

12:27 p.m. – The dollar amounts obtained by Dimora via a bribery scheme involving Ferris Kleem, the owner of Blaze Construction and Phoenix Cement, will be heard next … Take a read on the testimony provided by Kleem that helped convict Dimora.

12:20 p.m. — The latest courtroom drawing from Fox 8’s Joe Wood …

12:16 p.m. — Prosecutor Bacon says that without Dimora’s aid and influence, Alternate Agency would have folded. The organization was on the verge of bankruptcy, according to Bacon, and a contract awarded to Alternate Agency by Cuyahoga County was a life-line. Bacon argues that the value of the bribe for which Dimora was convicted, $297,000, was actually significantly greater.

12:01 p.m. – Two additional objections to dollar amounts obtained by Dimora via bribery schemes are now being heard. The schemes involve Alternate Agency, which was headed by J. Kevin Kelley, and Ferris Kleem, the owner of Blaze Construction and Phoenix Cement.

11:51 a.m. – Prosecutor Bacon says the government’s argument that the value of jobs Dimora helped Plumbers Local 55 land is valid because the jobs were deemed, “gem jobs.”

Bacon said, ‘What’s the benefit to be conferred to the plumbers? A steady job earning $45,000 a year.”

11:41 a.m. — Andrea Whitaker claims that the salaries earned by those Dimora helped land jobs can’t be counted against the total for which he was bribed. Whitaker says the employees, “earned those jobs”. Prosecutor Bacon argues that based on a previous case heard in the Sixth Circuit Court, jobs obtained by fraudulent means require the salary of that job to be determined as a loss. 

11:37 a.m. – The value of bribes received by Dimora has been the focal point of every objection filed by the Whitakers thus far this morning. The Whitakers have filed 43 objections in total to the addendum.

11:29 a.m. – Andrea Whitaker is arguing that prosecutors have cast an “Overarching net of loss” related to jobs Dimora helped others receive and contracts Dimora helped Pumper and Rybach land in Cuyahoga County.

11:16 a.m. — Defense attorneys are arguing that all donations made to the Democratic Party in Cuyahoga County by those who were found guilty of bribing Dimora were done so without influence of the former county commissioner. The Whitakers contend that Dimora did not solicit the donations. Their argument to the addendum is that the funds should not count as money received as a bribe at sentencing.

11:10 a.m. – According to calculations by Fox 8 News’ Dave Nethers, the court currently tabulates the amount of bribes received by Dimora as $76,454. This figure is important because of sentencing guidelines and restitution to be paid by Dimora.

10:56 a.m. – Judge Lioi has over-ruled the claim that the value of bribes associated with the use of a Stonebridge Apartment and encounters with several prostitutes were incorrect.

10:52 a.m. – Andrea Whitaker, Dimora’s attorney, claims that the amount of bribes paid to Dimora is not representative of what he actually received.

10:46 a.m. –  Court has resumed.  Judge Lioi is addressing additional objections to the value of the bribes received by Dimora.